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Jakarta Post

More flee following strongest eruption yet at Mt. Sinabung

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 4 2010   /  11:00 am

Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted again early Friday, with volcanologists calling this latest eruption stronger than two previous eruptions, prompting residents to return to shelters.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said the third eruption began at 4:38 a.m. and lasted 13 minutes.

PVMBG head Surono said the eruption was very powerful and its tremors could be felt as far away as 8 kilometers, stronger than previous eruptions.

“This was the strongest eruption as ash plumes reached 3,000 meters,” Surono told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Since Sunday, the 2,460-meter tall Mt. Sinabung — which lay dormant for more than four centuries — has erupted three times, with the first eruption in the early hours of Sunday, discharging volcanic ash as high as 1,500 meters. It erupted again the next day, spewing ash...