Monday, July 25, 2011

Residents return home as Indonesian Lokon volcano calms - 25th July 2011

About 5,000 Indonesians who fled the eruption of Mount Lokon have returned to their villages as the volcano quieted down.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from the National Disaster Management Agency said the residents were sent back from shelters Sunday after authorities narrowed the danger zone from 2.2 miles to 1.8 miles around the volcano.

He says 203 people remain in temporary shelters.

The 5,741-foot (1,750-meter) mountain in north Sulawesi province in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption last week, spewing hot ash and smoke. The only fatality was a woman who suffered a heart attack.

Lokon is one of 129 active volcanos in Indonesia, which is prone to earthquakes and eruptions because of its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” Source