While the death toll from the earthquake and
tsunami in Indonesia has risen to more than one-thousand-four-hundred,… the hardest-hit
island of Sulawesi has been hit with another natural disaster,… a volcanic eruption. While the height of the volcanic ash column
observed was around six-thousand meters above sea level,… the eruption is unlikely to
directly affect the ongoing search operation… as the volcano is quite far from the city
of Palu, which was most badly hit by the quake. Meanwhile, the UN Central Emergency Response
Fund has revealed it will allocate 15 million U.S. dollars to help the victims of the earthquake.