Volcano Erupts on Same Indonesian Island as Earlier Quake

A young quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the rubble of a residence in Lere subdistrict in Palu, Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano has erupted in central Indonesia and authorities have warned planes about volcanic ash in the air.

Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province spewed ash 6,000 meters into the sky Wednesday morning.

The eruption status was raised from an alert to standby 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the summit and up to 6.5 kilometers to the west-southwest. Standby status means people should avoid the area nearest the volcano and have masks available in the event of ashfall.

Planes were warned of the ash clouds because volcanic ash is hazardous for plane engines.

Soputan is on the northern part of Sulawesi island, where a central region was severely damaged by an earthquake and tsunami Friday.

Indonesia has dozens of active volcanos.