Indonesia volcano ERUPTION update: Mount Sinabung spews LAVA and ASH 5,000m high

Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

MOUNT Sinabung, Indonesia’s volatile monstrous volcano, reared its ugly head last night with a striking display of lava and hot ash clouds 5,000m high spewing from the volcano’s crater.

By SEBASTIAN KETTLEY
Express.co.uk
Sat, Apr 7, 2018

Powerful tremors rocked through the island of Sumatra on Friday afternoon, as Indonesian authorities confirmed the eruption carried through the night.

National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) officials warned the volcano “catapulted” a dreadful cloud of volcanic ash 5,000m high around 4.07pm BST.

The volcanic alert level is now at Level IV – Caution. The Volcanic Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) also raised its alert level to RED in response to the spewing ash cloud

VONA warned: “Hot cloud avalanche is observed through the east-southeast and south-southeast slope and reaches a distance of 3500 meters from the summit.”

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the BNPB, said the eruption was marked by “intense pressure and the sound of rumbling”.

The BNPB official added an additional choking “heat cloud” wafted some 3,500m to the southeast and south-southeast from the island

Mr Sutopo then shared a striking image of Mount Sinabung’s ruptured crated bathed in the incandescent glow of scorching lava spitting from the crater in the middle of the night.

On Friday morning the BNPB confirmed there were no casualties in the eruption thanks to the widespread evacuation efforts in the area.

As of March 2018 there are at least 30 relocation zones for refugees scattered around the island, with hundreds of homes under construction.

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