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.READ MORE: Dungeness Crab May Soon Be Sold Off Boats At San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
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.READ MORE: Separate Truck Crashes Along Interstate 880 In East Bay Foul Morning Traffic
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.MORE NEWS: California Adds Only 47,400 Jobs In September; Unemployment Rate At 7.5%
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