Towns blanketed with ash as Indonesia’s Marapi volcano erupts

SUMATRA-Indonesia’s Marapi volcano in West Sumatra province erupted on Sunday, spewing volcanic ash as high as 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) into the air, according to country’s disaster management agency BNPB. The 2,891 metre high volcano erupted at 2.54 p.m. local time (0754 GMT), and volcanic ash was dispersed at high intensity to nearby districts, authorities said. Pictures from BNPB showed cars and roads covered with ash. Authorities have barred residents and visitors from carrying out any activities within 3 kilometres of the crater, and have set the second-highes alert level for Marapi mountain. “We have distributed masks to residents and encourage them to stay inside their houses,” said Ade Setiawan, an official at BPBD’s local disaster management unit.

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