Mount Marapi spews volcanic material from its crater during an eruption in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, on January 14, 2024.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the 2,891-meter (9,500 feet) volcano began erupting at 6 a.m. local time (6 p.m. EDT).
The agency said the volcano in West Sumatra province erupted at least twice Reuters.
Reuters also reported that nearby homes, vehicles and evacuation tents set up by the local disaster agency were covered in volcanic ash.
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Marabi volcanic ash is visible in the distance from the Tanah Datar region in West Sumatra.
The ministry warned residents and visitors not to approach a 4.5-kilometre (2.8-mile) radius of the Verbeek crater where the eruption occurred, and asked residents in nearby communities to wear masks in case of ash falling.
Reuters added that some residents also went to health facilities to undergo respiratory examinations.
A previous eruption on December 3 killed 23 hikers who were on the mountain at the time, and saw volcanic ash billow up to 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) into the air.
Mount Marapi is among the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, home to 127 active volcanoes – more than anywhere else in the world.
It broke out 11 times During the early 21st century, the deadliest event, killing 60 people, was in 1979.