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Mount Sinabung Volcano erupts in Sumatra Island

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Mount Sinabung volcano erupted in Sumatra Island of western Indonesia. Eruption resulted in column of thick ash being spread 7km high to the sky from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano in Sumatra Island of western Indonesia.

So far there are no report of damages or casualty due to the eruptions.

Mt. Sinabung Volcano is at 2nd highest alert level due to which no one lives inside a previously announced No-Go Zone around five km from the crater.

Local residents living alongside the river near volcano’s crater were warned for possible lava flows. National Volcanology Agency of Indonesia urged residents living near the flank of volcano to use masks when rains of ash pour down and those living alongside rivers with upstream in slope of volcano were also warned of cold lava floods during torrential rains.

Mt. Sinabung, 2,475 meters high, is located in Karo district 40km from Lake Toba supervolcano North Sumatra province. It roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in past 400 years. After another period of inactivity for few years it again erupted in 2013 and has remained active since then. In its eruption in 2014, 16 people were killed and thousands displaced. Mt. Sinabung is among 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Indonesia is home to over 130 active volcanoes due to its position on ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling Pacific Ocean
where seismic activity frequently occurs.

It is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene (geological epoch) Stratovolcano (also known as composite volcano). It belongs to Volcanic arc/belt of Sunda Arc.

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