Indonesia Volcano May Spout Lava, Warn Officials After Ash Cloud

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Authorities and witnesses in Indonesia on Monday, 10 August, reported a giant ash cloud spanning 5 km into the sky, as a volcano erupted from Mount Sinabung a second time since Saturday, 8 August, on the island of Sumatra, according to Reuters.

The eruption came with a thunderous noise, and turned the sky dark, according to testimonies of eyewitnesses. The ash reportedly rose from the peak of the 2,460-metre (8,071-ft) mountain in Karo, North Sumatra.

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Warnings

Authorities have warned residents and tourists about possible lava flow, reported Reuters.

Indonesia’s volcanology agency has advised residents to stay outside of a 3 km radius of the volcano and to wear masks to minimise the effects of falling volcanic ash, the report said.

No casualties, however, have been reported. A spokeswoman for the civil aviation authority also told Reuters that flights are still operational in the region.

The ash reportedly rose from the peak of the 2,460-metre (8,071-ft) mountain in Karo, North Sumatra.
The ash reportedly rose from the peak of the 2,460-metre (8,071-ft) mountain in Karo, North Sumatra.
An image of the volcanic eruption.
An image of the volcanic eruption.

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Previous Eruptions

According to Reuters, Mount Sinabung has erupted after a year of remaining dormant. 2010 was the last time it erupted after being inactive for centuries.

Indonesia is reported to be one of the world’s most volcanically active countries.

Monday’s eruption was the second one since Saturday.
Monday’s eruption was the second one since Saturday.

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