Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts sending spectacular ash column spiraling into atmosphere

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts sending spectacular ash column spiraling into atmosphere

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupted on Monday morning, shooting a spectacular plume of ash billowing 16,400 feet into the atmosphere.

Hot clouds were subsequently seen rolling down the mountain’s slopes near Kutarakyat on the island of Sumatra, before drifting three miles south.


Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts sending spectacular ash column spiraling into atmosphere

Airlines passing over the area have been issued with a “red notice” by the regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia.

The stratovolcano first erupted in 2010, having previously lain dormant for four centuries, when an explosion killed two people. Sixteen were killed in a 2014 blast and seven more in 2016.

So far, no fatalities or injuries have been reported this time, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Over 30,000 people have been forced to move away from homes near the mountain’s base since the current series of eruptions began eight years ago.

The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said hot ash clouds traveled as far as 4,900 meters southward.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.




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