Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupts – France 24 – fr

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Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupts – France 24 – fr


Medan (Indonesia) (AFP)

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia erupted on Friday, spewing a huge column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 meters into the sky.

The volcano in the North Sumatra province began to spew ash and volcanic material at 9 a.m. and the eruption lasted for nearly six minutes, a local geological agency said.

The images showed a thick column of ash spewing from the interior of Sinabung to the east.

No evacuation order was issued and no flight disruption was reported.

Authorities have asked residents to avoid a five-kilometer radius around the crater, an area that has been left unoccupied for years as volcanic activity increased.

“Residents and tourists should not do any activity around Mount Sinabung or the displaced villages as volcanic activity remains high,” Muhammad Nurul Asrori, an official at the Mount Sinabung watchtower, told AFP, adding that the The alert status of the volcano remains unchanged at level three.

Sinabung, a 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano, lay dormant for centuries before coming back to life in 2010 when an eruption killed two people.

After another period of inactivity it broke out again in 2013 and has been very active ever since.

Indonesia – an archipelago of over 17,000 islands and islets – has nearly 130 active volcanoes.

It sits on the “Ring of Fire”, a belt of tectonic plate boundaries encircling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.

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