This handout photo taken and released on November 29, 2020 by the Geological Agency of Indonesia shows a volcanic eruption from Mount Ili Lewotolok in Lembata, East Nusa Photograph. (AFP )
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on Sunday, releasing a plume of smoke and ash 2.5 miles (4km) into the sky, triggering the closure of the local airport, authorities said.
There were, however, no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption in a remote part of the south-east Asian archipelago. But officials warned the people that it might erupt again.
A 1.2-mile no-go zone around the crater was also expanded to 2.5 miles, while flights were advised to steer clear of the areas as volcanic ash rained down on Wunopitu airport in East Nusa Tenggara, which was temporarily closed.
Indonesia is home to about 130 active volcanoes due to its position on the Ring of Fire, a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.
(With inputs from Agencies)