Volcano erupts in same Indonesian region hit by tsunami, earthquake

A mountain in the same region in Sulawesi, Indonesia that was hit by a fatal tsunami and earthquake has had a volcanic eruption.

Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi has exuded four kilometres of ash, with the warning status being moved to a level three on the four-level national volcano warning scale.

The Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) has told residents to not enter the area within a 4-6.5km-radius of the mountain.

Residents living on the riverbank of Ranowangko, Lawian, Popang and Kelewahu have also been warned of potential lava flow in the case of rain.

The CVGHM says that the ash is set to drift west and northwest and is not expected to disrupt any air travel and the main airport in Manado is still open.

Due to the risk of respiratory problems as a result of falling ash, the North Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency has provided residents with masks.