Mount Sinabung ERUPTS: Volcano spews molten lava and ash over Indonesia in Ring of Fire

Friday, January 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

MOUNT Sinabung has erupted again today, spewing molten lava and ash over the Indonesia volcano – which sits on the notorious Ring of Fire – after becoming active again following hundreds of years of inactivity.

Fri, Jan 12, 2018

The enormous volcano was dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010, and has since remained highly active and erupted several times.

While today’s eruption is the first of 2018, the volcano actually erupted just a fortnight ago, spewing huge plumes of smoke into the skies above the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Locals watched as the skies turned grey when the suffocating volcanic ash billowed out, but fortunately the eruption didn’t cause any casualties.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said: “Thank God, no fatalities have been reported.

“Residents who live near the rivers upstream from Sinabung must be watchful for lava.”

For the first time this year lava has been spotted dribbling down the side of the volcano, prompting concerns for locals living nearby.

The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned against locals getting near the danger zone which is within three to seven-kilometres around Mount Sinabung’s crater.

The incredibly frequent eruptions of the huge volcano have prompted authorities to put up permanent signs to warn people against going anywhere near it.

Last month, the eruption of Mount Agung on the neighbouring island of Bali led to huge evacuations of residents and disrupted flights.

Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause 90 percent of the world’s seismic activity, according to the US Geological Survey.

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