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Villages covered in ash as Mount Sinabung erupts

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Karo, North Sumatra   /   Tue, February 20 2018   /  01:00 am

The recent eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, has sparked widespread panic and left villages in five districts covered with volcanic ash.

Sinabung spewed volcanic matter as high as 5,000 meters into the air on Monday morning, while pyroclastic flows reached as far as 4.9 kilometers south of the volcano.

Pelin Depari, a resident of Gurukinayan village in Payung, one of the five districts coated in ash, said that even though he was accustomed to eruptions, this time he had panicked.

“It has been a while since we saw debris and gravel falling from the sky during an eruption,” Pelin said on Monday.

The incident lasted for about an hour in some areas of Payung and the four other affected districts, Simpang Empat, Naman Teran, Tiga Nderket and Munthe.

A team from the Karo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), with the help of local au...