Alert raised as Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts

Mount Soputan spewing ash into the air during an eruption seen from Silian village, in Indonesia's province of North Sulawesi, yesterday. The volcano started erupting on Monday night, according to the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, sp
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Mount Soputan spewing ash into the air during an eruption seen from Silian village, in Indonesia's province of North Sulawesi, yesterday.

The volcano started erupting on Monday night, according to the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, spouting billowing smoke as high as 2,000m into the air.

The authorities have increased the volcano's alert status from level two to level three, prohibiting people from any activities within a radius of 4km from the volcano.

Mount Soputan, one of the most active volcanoes in North Sulawesi, last erupted in March last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2016, with the headline 'Alert raised as Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts'. Print Edition | Subscribe