Sumatra’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupted again on Wednesday, 27th December, in the Karo Regency of North Sumatra.
The eruption sent black gray volcanic ash up into the sky as high as 3,500m towards the east and south-east and 4,600m in the south and south-east direction. Residents have been cautioned not to enter the 7km radius around the Volcano.
The Indonesian authorities have imposed the highest alert on the volcano, which has been in place since 2013 when it began erupting.
3,331 families who live in areas prone to the impact from the eruptions are in need of evacuation and care.
Indonesia’s disaster management agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has said:
“Residents need to stay alert and listen to the government’s recommendations. We cannot predict when Mount Sinabung will stop erupting. Mount Sinabung’s volcanic and seismic parameters are still high therefore future eruptions are still likely.“