Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column
Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.
⚠️VIDEO | Impactante Grabación de la Erupción del Monte Sinabung en Indonesia. Hoy 19/02/2018.— Sismologia Mundial (@SismoMundial) 19 februari 2018
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The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said hot ash clouds traveled as far as 4,900 meters southward. The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin, Australia, issued a "red notice" to airlines.
Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around the mountain in the past few years. Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Mount sinabung this morning pic.twitter.com/uwyR8QtIPK— Rudipurba (@Rudipur08603590) 19 februari 2018
Mount Sinabung erupting a few hours ago in Sumatra, Indonesia. pic.twitter.com/dRDBOFRCp9— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) 19 februari 2018
Huge errupted of Mount Sinabung. pic.twitter.com/Ood1dGKfS2— ..e.. (@edykbarus) 19 februari 2018
???????? Indonesian schoolchildren walk at Sipandak elementary school in Tiga Pancur village #Karo as thick volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises into the air following another eruption ???? Anto Sembiring #AFP pic.twitter.com/KwIvrilo31— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) 19 februari 2018
Eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano sends towering column of ash more than 16,000 feet into the sky. The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Australia has issued a "red notice" to airlines. https://t.co/QYpmRNVE0S pic.twitter.com/CH1snVvAjW— ABC News (@ABC) 19 februari 2018
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North Sumatra's Mount Sinabung erupted again at around 9 a.m. sending towering column of ash 5 km high and pyroclastic cloud travelling 4.9 km south and 3.5 km east southeast. No casualties reported. pic.twitter.com/dQfWOuiY7w— Nuice Media (@nuicemedia) 19 februari 2018
Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain’s summit. Before and after images from Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called “completely annihilated.” Volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana said Tuesday that the chunk, known as the “lava dome,” had a volume of at least 1.6 million cubic meters (56.5 million cubic feet).
The volcano in North Sumatra, which has been active since 2010 after centuries of dormancy, erupted explosively on Monday morning. Hot ash clouds rolled down its slopes, traveling as far as 4.9 kilometers from the crater, and ash reached Lhokseumawe, a city more than 260 kilometers (162 miles) to the northwest. No-one was injured. Video showed screaming children fleeing a school outside the volcano’s exclusion zone as a billowing column of ash rose in the background.
Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.