Indonesian Volcano Mount Sinabung has erupted in a dramatic plume of ash rising several miles into the sky. The eruption has been posing health risks to nearby residents.
The volcano, located on Sumatra Island, erupted on Saturday and again on Monday, “emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark,” Reuters reports.
History of volcanic activity
Indonesian Volcano Mount Sinabung lay dormant for 400 years before reawakening a decade ago. Since then, it has erupted multiple times, sometimes with deadly results. Many villagers have been permanently displaced.
During the erupting in 2010, it killed two people. An eruption in 2014 killed 16, while another seven died in an eruption in 2016.
The current situation
An official on the island told reporters that ash and grit had piled up 2 inches thick in some abandoned villages close to the volcano.
According to the Indonesian Authorities, no fatalities or injuries have been reported as a result of the latest eruption.
The Indonesian government declared that they have already taken all possible measures to prevent a life threatening situation. They also stated that every village around the volcano is 100% safe at this moment.
Indonesia, along the seismically active “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, is home to more than 100 active volcanoes.
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