Mount Lokon, in the northern Sulawesi province of Central Indonesia has erupted spewing hot lava and volcanic ash to as high as 5000 feet on Friday.

There were a total of three blasts, the first one occuring just before midnight on Thursday followed by a second one after midnight and a third blast on Friday.

Although there are no reports of causalities, panicked residents evacuated the area to safe locations.

The geography of Indonesia is dominated by a number of volcanoes among which Mount Lokon is the most active. The volcanoes in the region are a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire where a large number of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and floods occur.

Reuters reported that the nearby international airport in the provincial capital of Manado was still operating normally.

Take a look at the first pictures of the volcanic eruption below: