Mount Lokon, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes erupted at least three times Friday sending thousands of people evacuating to safer grounds.
Brian Rulrone, a disaster management agency official said the first eruption happened at 10.46 p.m. and was followed by a powerful blast at 1:10 a.m.
Soldiers and police have assisted rescuers in the immediate evacuation of at least 500 people living near the slopes of the volcano. Some 2,000 others have fled earlier after being warned by authorities. There were no reports of casualties so far.
An update from the Earthquake Report (http://earthquake-report.com) says at least four villages in the Warembungan district have suffered from annoying ash showers that were mixed with rain.
"The local administration has decided not to evacuate the surrounding villages yet, but to rather keep them ready to evacuate if necessary,"according to the update.
Mount Lokon and Empong are twin volcanoes, 2.2 kilometers apart and located in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Both volcanoes rise above the Tondano plain and are two of the most active volcanoes in Sulawesi.