Indonesian volcano Mt Barujari erupts, tourists missing

  • 28/09/2016
Mount Barujari
Mount Barujari

A volcano at a popular Indonesian tourist spot has erupted, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

Mount Barujari began erupting late on Tuesday afternoon. No one has been reported injured, but tourists are missing.

"We are still searching for about 389 other tourists, mostly foreign tourists, to find out their condition and to evacuate them immediately," Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told local media.

The volcano started sending plumes of ash and smoke 2 km into the air on Lombok island, east of Bali.

"Barujari has erupted again. Based on volcanology data, the volcano's eruption was quite huge, with an amplitude level of 52 dB and a volcanic ash altitude of more than 2,000 meters above the crater," Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency head Muhammad Rum said on Tuesday.

Flights from Bali were interrupted briefly, but the airport at Lombock remains in full operation, despite the ash clouds.