Indonesians flee volcano eruption on Sulawesi

Thousands of people on an Indonesian island have been forced to flee a fierce volcanic eruption.

Mount Lokon, on Sulawesi, started erupting at around 2230 local time (1530 GMT) on Thursday, according to reports.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The last month has seen a significant rise in volcanic activity in the area, and the alert status was raised to the highest level just days ago.

The eruption saw ash, sand and rocks thrown 1,500m (4,800ft) into the air, government volcanologist Kristianto was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

A 3.5-km (two mile) evacuation zone was established last weekend, within which around 28,000 people live, of whom 4,400 have been moved so far.

“There is no mass panic because the community has already been warned of the situation and we are continuing to evacuate people,” Kristianto added.

Among the dozens of volcanoes in Indonesia, the 1,580-metre (5,184ft) Mount Lokon is one of the most active. It last erupted in 1991.


Father Yahweh is bringing back balance to Her creation on earth. We see destruction in nature as the remedy for imbalance in natural disasters. Earthquakes that destroy structures and foundations as well as change landscapes. Fire (sometimes used purposefully as a tool) that destroys grass and trees that in time grow back greener and healthier. Volcanoes that erupt and bury things as well as change landscapes. Tsunamis and Hurricanes that wash away everything but can also cleanse and restore. It does appear that destruction in one way or another is a tool in which balance is achieved.

Isaiah 65:11, 12
“But you who abandon the LORD,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in.”