Mount Sinabung: Indonesia volcano erupts, plunging villages into darkness beneath ash plume 3 miles high

Volcano erupted for first time in 400 years in 2010 and has remained active since

Harry Cockburn
Monday 10 August 2020 09:55 BST
Indonesia's Sinabung volcano ejects column of ash

An enormous volcanic eruption in Indonesia has shot a vast plume of ash and dust over 3 miles (5km) into the sky and plunged local villages into darkness.

The Mount Sinabung volcano, on North Sumatra, erupted early on Monday, with thick layers of ash covering areas up to 12 miles from the crater.

There have been no fatalities or injuries from the eruption, as yet, according to Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.

People have been advised to stay at least three miles from the crater's mouth and should be aware of the peril of lava, the agency said.

The volcano had been dormant for over 400 years until an eruption in 2010 in which two people were killed. Since then several eruptions have occurred.

An eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

The cone-shaped Mount Sinabung stands at 2,460 metres high and is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

The region is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an enormous network of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Due to the renewed activity of the volcano over the last decade, some 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes around the mountain.

Additional reporting by PA.

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