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Jakarta Post

Mt. Sinabung spews hot clouds, volcanic ash after quiet month

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Fri, April 6, 2018   /   10:15 pm
Mt. Sinabung spews hot clouds, volcanic ash after quiet month Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatra spews volcanic ashes in a series of eruptions on Feb. 19. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted again on Friday spewing a massive volcanic ash column up to 5 kilometers into the air and sending hot clouds as far as 3.5 km in different directions.

The eruption took place at 4:07 p.m. shocking local residents living around the volcano as Mt. Sinabung’s volcanic activities had declined in the past month.

“There was no eruption recorded in the past month. This quiet condition has been disrupted following the big eruption today,” Pelin Depari, resident of Gurukinayan village said.

The head of Mt. Sinabung monitoring post Armen Putera said Friday’s eruption showed that the volcano still had high levels of seismic activity. He urged residents to always be alert at all time. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.

The volcano, the highest peak in North Sumatra, first erupted in 2010 after being dormant for 400 years, and has remained active ever since with deadly eruptions in 2014 and 2016 claiming at least 20 lives.