JAKARTA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of villagers
have been evacuated after a volcano erupted in eastern part of Indonesia,
officials said here Tuesday.
Mount Karangetan on Siau Island, of North Sulawesi
province has been on top alert status since Sunday, as the volcano has formed a
crater on its side and spewed black ash carrying hot materials up to two
kilometers, head of Indonesian Volcanology Agency Surono who goes with single
"The mount has erupted and formed craters at its side
and spew black ash carrying hot material, which is very dangerous," he told
Surono said that the agency had recommended local
administration to evacuate residence living in the slope of the volcano up to
more than 3 kilometers.
"We have closed the area for any activities up to 3
kilometers," he said.
Head of local disaster management agency Arnold Poly
said that nearly 400 villagers fled their homes at several villages on the
slopes of the mountain after several times of tremors and spewing of hot lava.
"The total evacuees reaches 364 people, they take
shelters in church and other building which are far from the volcano," he told
Xinhua from the province.
The last eruption of Karangetang occurred in 1992,
killing at least six people.
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago country,
has 500 volcanoes, of which 128 are active and 65 are listed as