A volcano has erupted on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
Mount Lokon erupted on Thursday evening. Reports say the volcano spewed a plume of ash and smoke 1,500 meters into the air, accompanied by the sound of explosions. That was followed by at least 2 more major eruptions. Fires spread after lava set trees and grasses ablaze around the crater, although they have now reportedly been brought under control. About 6,000 residents near the volcano are taking shelter in schools and other places. There are no reports of injuries. But local disaster authorities warn of another possible eruption and have called on around 27,000 residents within 3.5 kilometers of the volcano to evacuate. Mount Lokon is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. When it erupted 20 years ago, 1 Swiss hiker traveling in the area was killed. - NHK.WATCH: Sulawesi islanders flee volcano eruption.
WATCH: Mount Lokon volcano erupts.
WATCH: Mount Lokon volcano erupts 1,500 meters.