Monday, December 5, 2011

Gamalama volcano erupts

Volatile Mt. Gamalama volcano in Ternate, North Maluku was rocked by an eruption that spewed clouds of searing ash on Sunday evening.

The North Maluku Disaster Mitigating Agency (BPBD) reported that the eruption occurred at 11 p.m. local time.

No fatalities were immediately reported in the eruption, but residents living in the slopes of the volcano had been evacuated.

"Some locals however insisted to stay at their homes," the agency said in a statement.

Volcanic ash covered most parts of Ternate and shut down the electricity in the areas around the slopes.

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