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Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes gas, smoke and ash in eruption

As reported in the news.

A rumbling volcano on Sumatra island, Indonesia unleashed an avalanche of searing gas clouds down its slopes during an eruption. No casualties were reported.

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province was shooting smoke and ash as high as 1000 metres into the air and hot ash clouds were blowing three kilometres to the southeast, Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre said.

Indonesian youths are seen from the opening of a tent as they watch Mount Sinabung erupting in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, March 11, 2021.

There were no casualties from the eruption, said Armen Putra, an official at the Sinabung monitoring post. He said villagers were advised to stay five kilometres from the crater’s mouth and should be aware of the peril of lava.

An alert has been maintained at the second-highest level while authorities closely monitor the volcano after sensors picked up increasing activity in recent weeks.

The large ash cloud reached heights of 1000 metres and three kilometres wide. The large ash cloud reached heights of 1000 metres and three kilometres wide.

The 2600-metre mountain has been rumbling since last year.

It sent volcanic materials more than 5000 metres into the sky and deposited ash on nearby villages when it erupted early this month.

About 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes around Sinabung in the past few years.

Image by Sky News

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