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Sinabung Volcano Spews Awe Inspiring Ash Clouds Into The Sky

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Sinabung Volcano Spews Awe Inspiring Ash Clouds Into The Sky

Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatra erupted on Monday, sending a column of volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, dispersing over nearby villages.

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Grit and ash accumulated up to 5cm in already abandoned villages on the volcano’s slopes, according to an official at the Sinabung monitoring post.

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Even in Berastagi, a tourist destination city in North Sumatra province 20km away from the crater, motorists switched on headlights in daylight to see through the ash.

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Thankfully, there were no fatalities or injuries from the eruption, Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center have confirmed.

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Villagers are advised to stay 5 kilometers away from the crater’s mouth and should be vigilant for the threat of lava, the agency said.

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Local inhabitants have also been quick to get to action in the clean up efforts.

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Air travel was not being impacted so far by the ash, the Transport Ministry has said.

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Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around Sinabung in the past few years.

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

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Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

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Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

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The Ring of Fire is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location as an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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Sources: nbcnews.com | dailysabah.com

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