Indonesian volcano blows again, biggest eruption yet
By Tarmizy Harva
Tue Sep 7, 2010
BERASTEPU, Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian volcano that lay dormant for 400 years shot ash 5 km (3 miles) into the air on Tuesday, its biggest eruption since it became active last week, and experts warned of more blasts to come.
Mount Sinabung, in northern Sumatra island, first erupted on August 29. Villages on its slopes have been evacuated and around 24,500 people are living in refugee camps, disaster officials said.
“It was the biggest eruption yet and the sound was heard from 8 kilometres away. The smoke was 5,000 metres in the air,” said Indonesia’s chief vulcanologist, Surono, who goes by only one name as do many Indonesians.
“I think this will not be the last eruption. It will happen again,” he said.