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Jakarta Post

Holidaymakers flee Karo regency as Mt. Sinabung erupts

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Karo regency, North Sumatra   /   Mon, June 10, 2019   /  02:42 pm
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A police officer gives a dust mask to a motorcyclist in Kutabuluh village, Karo regency, North Sumatra on Monday, Jun. 10 following Mount Sinabung's latest eruption. The eruption spewed a 7,000-meter-high column of volcanic ash and hot gas on Sunday.(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Thousands of tourists fled Berastagi in Karo regency, North Sumatra, as nearby Mount Sinabung erupted on Sunday afternoon.    The tourists, who had been visiting during this year’s Idul Fitri holiday, left Berastagi at the first sign of volcanic eruption from Mt. Sinabung, about 23 kilometers away from the city.    Data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) shows that Mt. Sinabung spewed volcanic ash 7,000 meters high. The alert level for Mt. Sinabung was previously raised to siaga (watch) status, or Level III of the four-tiered volcano alert system.    Yuwarna Ramadhani, a 45-year-old tourist from Gayo Lues regency in Aceh, said she became worried about her family’s safety as she saw a tall column of dark volcanic ash rising from Mount Sinabung.    ...