Thousands evacuated as ash spreads and fears of a tsunami rise amid Indonesia volcano eruption.

Over 2,100 residents residing near an erupting volcano on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island were evacuated on Friday due to hazards posed by ash, falling rocks, hot volcanic clouds, and potential tsunamis.

Indonesia’s volcanology center reported at least three eruptions since Friday afternoon, with the eruption column reaching a maximum height of 1,200 meters (3,900 ft).

The international airport in Manado City, located less than 100km (60 miles) from the erupting Mount Ruang, remained closed temporarily as volcanic ash continued to be ejected into the air.

According to a statement from Indonesia’s transportation ministry, satellite imagery from the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency revealed that ash from the eruption had spread to the west, northwest, northeast, and southeast, encompassing Manado and North Minahasa.

Ambar Suryoko, head of the regional airport authority, stated, “We are still monitoring developments in the eruption of Mount Ruang and coordinating with relevant stakeholders…to anticipate the necessary actions to ensure flight safety, security, and comfort.”

Over 11,000 individuals residing in the affected area were instructed to evacuate their homes. A joint team from local authorities conducted house-to-house searches in villages surrounding the volcano, evacuating residents to safer areas via boats.

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