Jakarta (ANTARA) - Mount Ruang, the stratovolcano in North Sulawesi, has the potential to spew hot clouds and lava floods, thereby necessitating awareness on the part of residents around the area.

"The current potential dangers are eruptions that produce hot clouds, incandescent material, and exposure to volcanic ash, which depended on the direction and speed of the wind and lava if heavy rain falls around Mount Ruang," head of the Geological Agency, Muhammad Wafid, noted in a statement from his office on Thursday.

Based on visual observations of Mount Ruang on April 22-May 2, the weather around the mountain is sunny to rainy, he remarked.

Meanwhile, weak to moderate winds are blowing to the north, northeast, east, south, southwest, west, and northwest, with air temperatures ranging between 22 and 32 degrees Celsius, Wafid added.

He noted that eruptive activity that occurred on April 17 and April 30 damaged seismic stations located 1.5 kilometers and 2.7 kilometers from the center of the crater.

The two eruptions caused volcanic activity that disrupted activities, as the Mount Ruang Observation Post was located five kilometers from the center of the crater.

On May 1, volcanic activity on Mount Ruang was dominated by continuous earthquake tremors, with three deep volcanic earthquakes and 10 shallow volcanic earthquakes recorded.

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The eruption occurred at 17:43 local time, with the ash column about 600 meters high above the peak, with a white to gray color and medium to thick intensity leaning towards the north.

Until Thursday morning, volcanic activity was still dominated by continuous tremors, with four shallow volcanic earthquakes, two local tectonic earthquakes, and two tectonic earthquakes.

Smoke from the crater is white and gray, with medium to thick intensity. The smoke height ranges from 300 to 500 meters from the top of the crater.

Wafid remarked that monitoring activities are conducted visually and instrumentally from a volcano observation post located in Tulusan Village, Sitaro Islands District, North Sulawesi Province.

The history of the eruption of Mount Ruang has been recorded since 1808 and has an eruption interval ranging from one to 30 years.

The last explosion unleashed by Mount Ruang before the 2024 eruption occurred in 2002, with an explosive eruption accompanied by hot clouds, damaging land and settlements and necessitating residents to be evacuated.

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Translator: Sugiharto Purnama, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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