Mount Ruang eruption: Indonesia permanently relocates 10,000 North Sulawesi citizens over threats from spewing ash

Mount Ruang eruption: Indonesia permanently relocates 10,000 North Sulawesi citizens over threats from spewing ash

Indonesia will permanently relocate the entire population of an island in North Sulawesi province because a volcano is threatening their safety.

Mount Ruang erupted spectacularly last month and has been spewing ash that forced nearby airports to close and flights to be cancelled.

Ruang Island’s population of around 10,000 people is being moved to Bolaang Mongondow on the island of North Sulawesi about 40 kilometres away, Tempo newspaper reported, citing Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono. This was agreed upon following a Cabinet meeting with President Joko Widodo.

People board a ship to be evacuated following the eruptions of Mount Ruang volcano in North Sulawesi province, Indonesia, on May 1. Photo: Reuters

Simple, permanent homes will be built in the Bolaang Mongondow area for the resettled people, said Coordinating Human Development Minister Muhadjir Effendy on Friday, as reported by Tempo.

After the evacuation, the government intends to designate Ruang island as a conservation site.

Authorities have issued a state of emergency until May 14, warning of a potential tsunami should part of the volcano collapse due to the eruptions.

Mount Ruang spewing hot lava and smoke as seen from Sitaro, North Sulawesi on April 17. Photo: Handout/Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation/AFP

Indonesia, with a population of over 270 million people, sits on the “Ring of Fire” – a series of seismic fault lines around the Pacific Ocean – and has more than 100 active volcanoes spread out across thousands of islands, including popular tourist destinations.

In 2017 some 40,000 people were evacuated from villages around Mount Agung in Bali when the volcano erupted, causing a temporary slump in tourism and around US$1 billion in losses.

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