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Three active Indonesian volcanoes erupt at the same time

Locals in different areas watched the incredible spectacles as three active volcanoes erupted at the same in Indonesia  in the last week.

The Mount Gamalama volcano in Ternate, North Maluku. Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia in recent days have forced the closure of two airports and disrupted some flights to the holiday island of Bali.
The Mount Gamalama volcano in Ternate, North Maluku. Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia in recent days have forced the closure of two airports and disrupted some flights to the holiday island of Bali. Image by Getty Images

Mount Gamalama volcano was seen spewing ash in Ternate, Maluku Utara on 3 August. Gamalama Vocano Observing Post, operated by the Volcanology Survey of Indonesia reported that the blast was categorised as weak, with ash bursts hitting a height of up to 600 metres. The eruption was suspected to be triggered by a 4.6 magnitude earthquake. No injuries were been reported from any of the eruptions.

Indonesian residents look at the Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews volcanic ash near the Tiga Pancur village in Karo, Sumatra.
Indonesian residents look at the Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews volcanic ash near the Tiga Pancur village in Karo, Sumatra. Image by Getty Images

Mount Sinabung volcano also erupted near the Tiga Pancur Village in Karo, Sumatra on the same day. Large clouds of ash were reported but no flights were disrupted in the area. Local people gathered to watch the amazing sights, taking pictures from a nearby cafe.

Mount Barujari, the baby volcano of Rinjani National Park has been erupting since last week.
Mount Barujari, the baby volcano of Rinjani National Park has been erupting since last week. Image by [Alexandre] / CC BY 2.0

The trails around Rinjani National Park in Lombok Islands are temporarily closed following continuous activity from Mount Barujari, the baby volcano in the area that has been erupting continuously since last week but it is thought that they will open again soon.

Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other country in the world due to its proximity to the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of huge seismic activity. It is home to close to 150, many of which are active today.