MEDAN: Indonesia’s rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters into the sky and depositing ash on villages.
An official at the Sinabung monitoring post on Sumatra Island, Armen Putra said falling grit and ash accumulated up to 5 centimeters in already abandoned villages on the volcano’s slopes.
There were no fatalities or injuries from the eruption, Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said.
The Transport Ministry said villagers are advised to stay 5 kilometers from the crater’s mouth and should be aware of the peril of lava, the agency said. Air travel was not being impacted so far by the ash.
Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around Sinabung in the past few 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 eruption.
Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.