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.
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.
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.
Thankfully, there were no fatalities or injuries from the eruption, Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center have confirmed.
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.
Local inhabitants have also been quick to get to action in the clean up efforts.
Air travel was not being impacted so far by the ash, the Transport Ministry has said.
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.
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.