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Indonesian authorities have evacuated residents of seven villages within a four-mile radius of the volcano after a volcano erupted on Indonesia’s remote island of Halmahera, spewing ash about four miles into the sky.

Mount Ibu erupted on Saturday night, turning the sky into a cloud of gray ash, Reuters reported. volcanic crater With purple lightning.

Police, military and search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area to evacuate residents from surrounding villages, the Disaster Prevention Agency said.

Joint teams reportedly assisted in the evacuation of elderly residents, who were removed from the area in pickup trucks and taken to emergency tents for the night.

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Mt. Ibu spews out thick smoke on May 13, 2024 in Gamichi, North Maluku province. (Azzam Riskra/AFP via Getty Images)

Officials did not say how many people were removed, but they recommended evacuation within a 7 km (4.35 mile) radius.

Mount Ibu erupted for about five minutes last Monday, several days after its May 10 eruption. The eruption prompted the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to raise the volcano’s alert level from 2 to 3, the second highest alert level. .

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Mt. Ibu erupts with thunder

Lightning appears in a storm as Mount Ib spews volcanic material during an eruption, as seen from Gam Ichi, West Halmahera, North Maluku Province, Indonesia, May 18, 2024. (Handout via Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center/Reuters)

Officials advised residents and tourists not to engage in any activity within three miles of Mt. Ibu’s crater. More than 13,000 people live within a three-mile radius of the northern crater, said Hendra Gunawan, head of the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Agency.

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Purple lightning near the crater of a volcano

On May 18, 2024, purple lighting can be seen near Mt. Ibu. (Handout via Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center/Reuters)

Mount Eve is a 4,347-foot volcano on the northwest coast of the remote island of Halmahera.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, has 120 active volcanoes. Its location along the Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped series of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean, makes it prone to volcanic activity.

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Mt. Ibu spewing ash

On May 13, 2024, Mount Eve spews thick smoke in Gamichi, North Maluku province. A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted on May 13, spewing a huge tower of ash more than five kilometers into the sky after authorities raised the alert level. Last week was the second highest.

On Thursday, authorities raised the alert level to the highest level after multiple eruptions.

On May 11, after heavy rains, flash floods and “cold lava” from Mount Marapi, one of West Sumatra’s most active volcanoes, poured into nearby areas, killing more than 60 people.

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North Sulawesi’s Luang volcano has also erupted in recent weeks, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 12,000 people from nearby islands.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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