Indonesia evacuating more than 100 tourists after volcanic eruption

Indonesian authorities urged more than 100 domestic and foreign tourists to leave Mount Rinjani on the resort island of Lombok on Wednesday after a volcano erupted there.

Mount Barujari, a sub-volcano of Mount Rinjani, erupted Tuesday sending ash 2,000 metres into the sky.

No one was known to have been harmed, said Heronimus Guru, an official at the National Search and Rescue Agency.

"There were 112 tourists and they have been accounted for," Heronimus said. "They wanted to capture the moment and take photographs."

He said that authorities had sent a team to tell them to come down.

Earlier Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, said 389 tourists, including 333 foreigners, were registered to be climbing the volcano on Tuesday.

Authorities have advised people to stay outside a three-kilometre exclusion zone. 

Mount Barujari has been particularly active since last year, spewing ash that has disrupted flights serving Lombok and the nearby resort island of Bali.

Last update: Wed, 28/09/2016 - 13:30
Author: 

More from World

Former Gambia leader Jammeh not granted immunity

Former Gambian autocrat Yahya Jammeh has not been granted immunity from prosecution, a member of President Adama...

UN: Over 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon are out of school

More than 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon have been forced out of school and into labour markets, the...

Turkey arrests 610 on terrorism related charges in past week

Turkey has arrested 610 people on terrorism related charges in the past week, including 572 people who are alleged...

Syria truce talks open in Kazakh capital Astana

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov Monday opened talks between the Syrian government and rebels aimed at...

Palestinians warn Trump of dangers of relocating US embassy in Israel

Palestinian officials warned the new US administration on Monday that talk about preparing to move the US embassy...