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Sinabung smolders while fear grips evacuees

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Medan/Bandung   /   Wed, September 1 2010   /  09:28 am

Mount Sinabung did not unleash a major eruption on Tuesday, but many evacuees were still afraid as experts can not predict future eruptions.Based on reports from a volcano taskforce on Tuesday, Mt. Sinabung still showed a high level of activity, marked by 18 tremors and 18 spurts of volcanic material, some of which were 100 meters high. “We cannot reduce the alert status yet,” Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) head Surono said.Brasitepu resident Hartawan Sitepu, 47, said he was still afraid to return home because there had been tremors today and the volcano was still emitting clouds of thick ash.Another resident, Sitepu, said he, his wife and two children have taken refuge in the Jambur Taras community hall in Brastagi for the past four days. They live five kilometers from the crater.
“We will stay here until it’s safe”. He said he had been separa...