Volcano Erupts in Indonesia After Earthquake and Tsunami

Jacobo Garrido, Staff Writer

A volcano erupted after an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia last Friday. Leaving 1,400 people dead and hundreds more missing. To make matters worse, on October 3rd Mount Soputan erupted just days after these devastating natural disasters.

Many volcanologist believe that the 7.5 earthquake that hit Jakarta Friday September 28th, is the reason for the unexpected eruption. Leaving the island of Sulawesi, in a state of distress. Though to many this is only speculation. The volcanic activity had been steadily increasing since Monday at Mount Soputan.

With people recovering from the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island the week before. No formal evacuation was executed as 19,700 feet of ash was sent 3.7 miles into the atmosphere. The general area around the Volcano is on standby. Meaning any inhabitants should flee for shelter and wear a face mask in the event of ash fall.

This is not an uncommon occurrence for Indonesia and many other neighboring islands. All the islands sit on the Ring of Fire, an area of the Pacific Ocean prone to earthquakes and eruptions.

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