ACCORDING to a Reuter's telegram from Sydney, despatched on July 17, the vessel Catterthun, belonging to the Eastern and Australasian Steamship Company, which had arrived at Sydney from China, brought a report of a terrible disaster in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands. She called on her voyage at one of the chief ports of the island of Timor, where rumours had been received according to which the island of Sangir, situated between Celebes and Mindanao, had been destroyed by a volcanic eruption. The whole population, numbering 12,000, was reported to have perished. The captain of the Catterthun stated that on the voyage his vessel passed through some miles of volcanic débris.
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The Reported Volcanic Eruption at Great Sangir. Nature 46, 287–288 (1892). https://doi.org/10.1038/046287a0