Halmahera, Indonesia, July 9, 2007—
Indonesia's Mount Gamkonara rumbled back to life last week, raising fears that the mountain would undergo a repeat of its massive 1673 eruption.
With smoke swirling some 13,100 feet (4,000 meters) into the air, government officials issued an alert and evacuated more than 8,000 people from the area, according to Reuters. But some 2,000 have elected to stay behind within the designated five-mile (eight-kilometer) danger zone.
Gamkonara, at 5,300 feet (1,600 meters), is the largest peak on the island of Halmahera, between Indonesia's Sulawesi Island and Papua-New Guinea. It's just one of about 150 volcanoes in Indonesia, which is perched on the tectonically unstable region known as the Ring of Fire.
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