Sumatra’s Sinabung volcano erupts after 400 years – people leave nearby villages

The Sinabung volcano

Mount Sinabung volcano - Image via Wikipedia

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung, a 2460 meter high volcano is in full action after a long sleep.

The eruption started Sunday, August 29 just after midnight.  By hearing the explosions and looking at the lave coming out of the crater, the people in the nearby villages fled their villages for safer grounds.

The first signs of an upcoming eruption started on Saturday when black clouds came out of the crater.

Mount Sinabung (Indonesian:Gunung Sinabung) is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, with many lava flows on its flanks. Solfataric  activities (cracks where steam, gas, and lava are emitted) were seen at the summit in 1912, but no historical eruptions had been recorded until the eruption in the early hours of 29 August 2010.

The volcano had been inactive for many years with the previous eruption event occurring in 1600.[3] Ash spewed into the atmosphere up to 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) high and lava was seen near the crater.

For a night picture of the volcano in eruption : click here

Some text courtesy Wikipedia.


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  1. […] started rumbling a few days ago and the minor morning eruption has mostly stopped. It sent sand aMount Sinabung – Government volcanologist Surono, who uses only one name, said Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra […]

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