Warning after Indonesian Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, sending ash 16,000 feet into sky

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  • August 10, 2020
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A huge volcano has erupted in Indonesia, sending a massive plume of smoke and other volcanic materials more 16,000 feet into the sky.

There have been no deaths or injuries caused by the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, according to Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.

Officials have told local villagers to keep at least three miles from the crater’s mouth and to watch out for dangerous lava from the volcano.

The eruption covered villages up to 12 miles from the crater in a thick layer of ash, according to Armen Putra, a worker at the Mount Sinabung observation post.

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia (AFP via Getty Images)

Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in recent years.

The volcano, one of two currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people.

Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 explosion. The volcano also erupted in 2017, 2018 and 2019, with no casualties reported.

Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.