The Ibu volcano in Indonesia’s North Maluku province erupted on Tuesday, releasing a plume of ash and prompting authorities to urge locals and tourists to avoid the area.
The eruption occurred at 12:42 p.m., spewing hot ash up to 600 meters from the crater, according to the Ibu Volcano Monitoring Post. The ash cloud drifted eastward, reaching an altitude of 28 millimeters and persisting for 57 seconds.
“People who are outdoors are advised to wear protective gear for their nose, mouth, and eyes in case of ashfall,” stated Ahmad Basuki, an official from the monitoring post.
Standing at 1,377 meters above sea level, the Ibu volcano is currently classified as a level II danger, just below the highest level of IV. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary.