Highest threat level announced in Sulawesi due to the eruption of a volcano


MOSCOW, March 18 — RIA Novosti. Centre of Volcanology and reduce geological risks (TSVSGR) Indonesia raised to the maximum level of risk due to the eruption of one of the most active volcanoes in the country Karangetang off the northern coast of the island of Sulawesi, reported Friday by the Associated Press.

Karangetang erupted last Friday, March 11. Last time "fiery mountain" "wake up" in August of last year. Then the eruption killed four people.

According to the representative of the center, on Friday, the volcano, at least seven times spewing smoke, so it was decided to declare the maximum level four threat.

According to the agency, the authorities ordered an evacuation of the people living at the foot Karangetanga.

Information on casualties and damage have been reported yet.
Indonesia — the undisputed champion of the world in the number and activity of volcanoes. The world's largest archipelago is part of the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" — a horseshoe-shaped band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40,000 kilometers. It encircles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. It is in the "Ring of Fire" is almost 90% of the approximately one thousand five hundred famous volcanoes of the planet. It also holds 90% of all earthquakes in the world.

In the region of Indonesia plates that form the bottom of the Indian and western Pacific oceans, but with the Asian. Advancing to the last denser oceanic tectonic plate under enormous pressure down to the mantle of the world and at a depth of about one hundred miles below the surface begin to melt, resulting in the release of the resulting molten lava. And because the entire length of the Indonesian part of the "Ring of Fire" (3000 218 km) are volcanoes. As a result, the world's largest archipelago, there are only 129 active "fire mountain", bringing the total number up to 600 — more than in any other country.

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