The two volcanoes are thousands of miles apart but are on the edge of the same tectonic plate – the Phillippine Plate – sparking fears of a major seismic shift, more volcanic activity and even earthquakes and tsunamis.
More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from within a 1.9-mile containment zone around Mount Egon in Kupang, eastern Indonesia – one of the most volcanic parts of the globe.
It was followed moments later by the eruption of Zhupanovsky on Russia’s eastern coast which spewed lava FIVE MILES into the air.
The latter explosion is likely to affect air traffic in Russia, but the huge ash cloud is also drifting east over the Pacific Ocean so the impact on flights could be much worse
All residents living within the containment zone have been ordered to evacuate, while roads bringing traffic in have been closed.
Mount Egon is considered a very active volcano and is in the top ten of the potentially deadliest in the event of a major eruption.
More people living further from the volcano may have to also flee if the situation gets worse, disaster officials have warned.
Many climb the peak, despite it being considered a very active volcano
A map showing how any eruption could wreak carnage
In Russia, the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in the Kamchatka area earlier issued a “code orange” warning the eruption was under way, and warning aircraft to avoid flying near the exploding peak.
Fortunately, the volcano is 42 miles from populated areas, and the emergency services said ash had yet to reach any homes.
A spokesman for the institute said: “Today at around 4.30pm [3.30 am GMT), the Zhupanovsky volcano spewed ash to the height of up to five miles above sea level.
Last autumn, Express.co.uk reported how tests were being carried out on the impact of volcanic ash getting into a jet engine, because the true effects are still not known despite the global chaos caused by the Icelandic ash clouds in 2010.
“The ash column could be seen with the naked eye from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and some other settlements.
“At the moment, the ash cloud has spread 12 miles and it continues moving towards the ocean.”
Zhupanovsky is one of the least studied volcanoes in the region despite its proximity to a large city.
It is composed of four overlapping cones, the highest of which reaches 2,958 metres.
Smoke spewing from holes in the side of Mount Egon
2 thoughts on “Two volcanoes EXPLODE simultaneously causing mass evacuation”
Two Volcanoes EXPLODE simultaneously causing a mass
Hey even mother earth has to bust a nut every once in a while.
Could have been a premature Explosion.
If so , then no one would have been able to evacuate.
I think I’ve seen something about evacuations on the fleet enema box instructions.
If they follow those directions .
I think they’ll be okay.
“… the eruption of Zhupanovsky on Russia’s eastern coast which spewed lava FIVE MILES into the air.’
It would appear we have a slight discrepancy here…
“A spokesman for the institute said: “Today at around 4.30pm [3.30 am GMT), the Zhupanovsky volcano spewed ash to the height of up to five miles above sea level.”
There’s a helluva lot of difference between LAVA and ASH.
There’s also a helluva a lot of difference between sea level and the top of a volcano.