Sangihe Islands


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Sangihe Islands

(säng-gē`ə) or

Sangi Islands

(säng`ē), volcanic group (314 sq mi/813 sq km), Indonesia, NE of Sulawesi. Tahuna is the chief town and port. The islands are mountainous, forested, and fertile; tropical woods, rattan, copra, and nutmeg are produced. The largest island, also called Sangihe, has an active volcano, Mt. Awu, 6,002 ft (1,829 m) high. The area came under Dutch control in 1677.
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In South Sumatera, the districts of Banyuasin and Ogan Komering Ilir districts in South Sumatra province are also joining, as are the Sangihe islands in North Sulawesi province.
On the tiny Sangihe Islands close to the epicentre in Indonesia, people ran out of their homes when the quake hit, Toni Supit, head of the islands' Sitaro district, told AFP.
Local officials on the remote island of the Sangihe Islands, located north of Sulawesi (Celebes) Island, were quoted as saying the 714-meter-high volcano, also called Ruang, erupted in the very early hours of Wednesday, spewing dust into the air about 1 kilometer high.