The volcano, called Mount Ile Lewotolok, is in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Lembata, Indonesia. Reports from Indonesia suggest 2,780 people from 26 villages have fled the area. The land surrounding the volcano is being swept in “hot clouds and lava streams”.
The 1.2 miles no-go zone around the crater at the top of the volcano has been widened to 2.5 miles.
Indonesia’s geological agency said: “People are advised to not carry out any activities within a four-kilometre radius from the crater.”
Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes.
The country is positioned on the “Ring of Fire”, an area of tectonic plate boundaries that circles the Pacific Ocean.
Many countries positioned on this line experience frequent seismic activity.
Indonesia experienced a major volcanic eruption in late 2018.
On the strait between the Java and Sumatra islands, a large volcano erupted, this caused an underwater landslide that caused a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.