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Agency says Mt. Sinabung
increased activity no reason
to worry

Rising concern: Residents watch Mount Sinabung in the North Sumatra regency of Karo as it spews thick smokes on Saturday. The volcano blew up thick smoke and materials for several hours on Friday, but the authorities dismissed any possibility of eruption. Antara/Irsan Mulyadi
Rising concern: Residents watch Mount Sinabung in the North Sumatra regency of Karo as it spews thick smokes on Saturday. Antara/Irsan Mulyadi


The Medan-based Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said that residents in the North Sumatra regency of Karo should not worry over the increasing activity of Mount Sinabung, which has continued gushing grey smoke, blanketing area surrounding its crater.

PVMBG chief Surono told kompas.com Saturayda that the volcano, which has not have any explosion since 1600s, was not a dangerous volcano.

Surono said that the smoke was caused by static magma boiling rain water into vapor and mixed with dust.

The volcano blew up thick smoke and materials for several hours on Friday, but the authorities dismissed any possibility of eruption.

Despite the absence of evacuation order, hundreds of people fled their villages for safety to their relatives’ houses in the neighboring regencies of Kabanjahe and Berastagi.

Dozens of Indonesian Red Cross volunteers and social service agency workers set up on Saturday emergency posts in villages near the volcano. They explained to the local people evacuation procedure if eruption occurred and distributed masks to protect them from respiratory problems.

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