Thousands flee to safety after Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts
Monday 16 September 2013
Indonesian villagers ride a motorbike as Mount Sinabung spews hot gas and ashes in the background in Karo, North Sumatra province, on Monday. Thousands of people fled their homes after the volcano erupted, a disaster management official said.
Mount Sinabung, which last erupted in 2010, released ash and rocks early on Sunday, prompting the authorities to raise the alert level to the second highest, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency said. Residents within three kilometres of the volcano were told to leave their homes.
Local authorities prepared 2,000 blankets and distributed masks to displaced people. They also have set up a health command post, Nugroho said. He added there was an urgent need for cooking ware, food for babies and medicine.
The August 2010 eruption killed two people and forced 30,000 others to flee. It caught many scientists off guard because they had failed to monitor the volcano, which had remained quiet for four centuries.
There are more than 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation. It is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called "Ring of Fire" — a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.
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