Indonesia witnesses volcano for the second time in three days
JAKARTA (INDONESIA) – An Indonesian volcano vent out a giant ash cloud 5 km (3.1 miles) on Monday as it erupted a second time in three days, authorities and witnesses said.
Mount Sinabung erupted on the island of Sumatra after more than a year of inactivity. Authorities had warned residents and tourists about lava flows.
Dramatic footage captured by residents showed a giant cloud of thick ash rising from the peak of the 2,460-metre (8,071-ft) mountain in Karo, North Sumatra.
Resident Fachrur Rozi Pasi told by phone, “The sound was like thunder, it lasted for less than 30 seconds.”
The volcanology agency said in a statement said that advice was given to residents to stay outside of a 3 km radius of the volcano. They were asked to wear masks to reduce the effects of falling volcanic ash.
No casualties have been reported. According to a spokeswoman for the civil aviation authority, flights were still operating in the region.
Gilbert Sembiring, who was visiting a friend in Naman Teran Kampung when Sinabung erupted, “The situation around Mount Sinabung is very dark now.”
“It was bigger than the eruption a couple of days ago.”
(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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