Indonesian volcano erupts several times, officials fear it could collapse into the sea as tsunami warning issued

Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning Wednesday after the eruption of Mount Luang sent volcanic ash thousands of feet into the air.

Authorities ordered more than 11,000 people to leave the area.

Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said there were at least five major eruptions in the past 24 hours at a volcano on the northern side of Sulawesi island.

Hot lava glows in the crater of Mount Luang after it erupts in the Sanguine Islands, Indonesia, on April 17, 2024. AP

Authorities raised the eruption alert to the highest level.

At least 800 residents left the area early Wednesday.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, has 120 active volcanoes.

It is prone to volcanic activity as it lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a series of horseshoe-shaped seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean.

Officials urged tourists and others to stay at least 6.9 miles from the 7,378-foot Luang Volcano.

On April 17, 2024, Luang Volcano spews lava and ash into the air with thunderstorms as the volcanic activity increases from Level II to Level III. PVMBG/
Indonesian military personnel load food onto a ship bound for an island near the Luang volcano in the port of Manado, North Sulawesi province, April 18, 2024. AFP (via Getty Images)

Officials fear parts of the volcano could collapse into the sea, causing a tsunami like the 1871 eruption.

Taglandan Island, to the northeast of the volcano, is once again at risk, and residents have been advised to evacuate.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency announced that residents would be relocated to Manado, the nearest city on Sulawesi island, a six-hour boat ride away.

People in Sitalo, North Sulawesi province look on at the smoking Luang volcano on April 18, 2024. National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS)/AFP via Getty Images

In 2018, the eruption of Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano caused parts of the mountain to fall into the sea, triggering a tsunami along the coasts of Sumatra and Java, killing 430 people.