Mount Gamalama erupts in Indonesia

Parts of the provincial capital city of Ternate covered by ash rain after Mount Gamalama in Indonesia’s North Maluku province erupted on Sunday.

The eruption, which propelled ash more than a mile (2,000 meters) into the sky, forced an airport in Ternate town at the volcano’s foot to close, said transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan.

Many people living around the foot of the volcano, which forms the entire island of Ternate in North Maluku province, have taken refuge to safer places, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the Center of Data, Information and Public Relation at the National Agency of Disaster Management (BNPB). However, some of them chose to stay at their houses.

There were no immediate reports of death or material loss due to the eruption.

Surono, head of the Center of Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation ( PVMBG) urged people to stay calm.

The volcano last erupted  in 2008.

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