Thousands of people fled away from the Ile Lewotolok volcano after it erupted in Indonesia over the weekend, according to BBC News.
- The eruption caused smoke and gas to soar into the air.
JUST IN: Video of the eruption of Ile Lewotolok volcano on Sunday morning, 29 November 2020, in Lembata Island, East Nusa Tenggara. pic.twitter.com/NZXeZmNCU7— Alex Journey (@alexjourneyID) November 29, 2020
There were no reports or injuries from the eruption on Sunday, which happened in a remote location of Indonesia.
- The country has about 130 active volcanos — most of any country in the world, according to Al Jazeera.
Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, told Al Jazeera that the eruption caused a panic for those living in the area. About 2,780 people sought refuge from the eruption.
Muhammad Ilham, a 17-year-old who witnessed the eruption, told Reuters that people “panicked and they’re still looking for refuge and in need of money right now.”
Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said the volcano was to create “hot clouds, lava stream, lava avalanche, and poisonous gas” after it erupted, according to Al Jazeera.
The center said the eruption was predicted after “increasing threats” from the volcano.