Evacuation continues after Indonesian volcano erupts

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Smoke is still spewing from Indonesia's Ruang volcano after the latest lava eruption. (AP PHOTO)
Camera IconSmoke is still spewing from Indonesia's Ruang volcano after the latest lava eruption. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

Hundreds of residents of Indonesia's Tagulandang island are still waiting to be evacuated, National Search and Rescue Agency footage shows, as grey smoke continues to emerge from Ruang volcano.

The volcano erupted on Tuesday, spewing lava that prompted authorities to evacuate more than 12,000 people from the nearby Tagulandang island.

The Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) raised the alert status of Ruang to the highest level after Tuesday's eruption, and warned residents of the island that a tsunami could be triggered by volcanic material collapsing into the ocean.

"Personnel of Manado Search and Rescue Agency are evacuating 109 Tagulandang residents to Munte port, while hundreds are still waiting in Minanga port to be evacuated," the National Search and Rescue agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The residents will be evacuated to North Minahasa Regency on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Transport authorities extended Manado's Sam Ratulangi airport shutdown until noon local time on Thursday.

Meanwhile carrier AirAsia said in an Instagram post on Wednesday that flights to and from several cities in Malaysia's Borneo were affected by the eruption.

Ruang island is about 100km from Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province in the north-central region of the sprawling Indonesian archipelago.

Indonesia straddles the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," an area of high seismic activity where multiple tectonic plates meet.

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