Indonesia Mt. Lokon eruptions evacuees rose to 4,889

By on Jul 17, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Natural Disasters Comments

Indonesia – After the eruption of Mt. Lokon, near the North Sulawesi town of Tomohon last Thursday night, July 14, 2011, the number of evacuees has increased to 4,889 as of 11 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, according to international reports on Sunday, July 17, 2011.

Mt. Lokon eruption
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As noted in reports, most of them are now staying in school buildings outside the restricted zone, such as SMA Kristen Binsus, SMA Kristen high schools, SPMN 1 junior high school and SD GMIM elementary school.

Others were noted to have resided in a city park, inside a mosque and church, with no immediate reports of casualties.

Meanwhile, Mt. Lokon was said to be inactive for years, yet, it broke its silence and gave its most powerful eruption last Thursday, alarming villagers to go back to their emergency shelters.

Mt. Lokon was reported to be one of about 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Its last eruption happened in 1991, in which it claimed the life of a Swiss hiker.

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