Thousands flee as Jakarta volcano erupts spewing ash and smoke into sky

A volcano has erupted in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, bringing 2,700 people to safety.

The volcano is currently spewing ash and smoke up to four kilometers into the sky, said the country’s disaster control agency.

The erupting volcano was referred to as Mt Ile Lewotolok and is located about 2,600 kilometers from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement that it caused panic among people living nearby.

About 2,780 people from 26 villages in the area have sought refuge and no casualties have been reported so far, Jati said.

17-year-old eyewitness Muhammad Ilham told Reuters that nearby residents were “panicking and still seeking refuge and in need of money.”

On its website, the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Reduction said that “hot clouds, lava flow, lava hawks and toxic gas” are likely to occur in the surrounding areas.

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Kasbani, the head of the center, told Reuters that the volcano’s status has been raised to the second-highest level of Indonesia’s four-level alert system due to “increasing threats”.

It is reported that there are three more volcanoes that have been given this level, the agency said.

These include the Merapi Volcano on Java Island and Sinabung on Sumatra, which erupted this month.

Although Indonesia has almost 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.

Many of these may be very active. It can take weeks or months for activity to occur.

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