Mount Sinabung Erupts After 400 Years
A volcano erupted about the Indonesia island of Sumatra on Sunday for the initial time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters (about 5,000 feet) to the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials mentioned.
There have been no reports of casualties so far and aviation within the area was unaffected.
Mount Sinabung inside the north of Sumatra started erupting all-around midnight following rumbling for several days and lava was overflowing its crater, Surono, head of Indonesia’s vulcanology center, told Reuters. The volcano had been placed on red level, the highest alert.
“Despite decreasing activities since the eruption, we haven’t downgraded the status level,” stated Surono, who goes by one name, like many Indonesians.
“This is the first time since 1600 that Sinabung erupted and we have little knowledge in terms on its eruptive patterns and general forms.”
Authorities evacuated a minimum of 12,000 people from higher danger locations on the slopes from the 2,460-meter volcano to temporary shelters. The area round the volcano is largely agricultural.
The Health Ministry place wellness posts on standby and distributed face masks, even though there had been no reviews of casualties, according to Mudjiarto, head of the health ministry’s crisis center.
The nearest huge city for the volcano is Medan and there were no disruptions to flights.
Indonesia is based for the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and geological fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin.