Volcano erupts, sending column of ash 5,000m into the sky

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted, launching a column of ash more than 16,000ft (three miles) into the sky.
The volcano’s eruption comes after more than a year of volcanic activity on the island of Sumatra, and is the second since Saturday.

Locals have been told to stay at least three miles (1.86km) away from the crater’s mouth, and have been warned of the dangers of flowing lava.

Image: Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted

Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
Thick layers of ash covered surrounding villages for up to 12 miles (19km) from the crater, according to Armen Putra, an official at the Mount Sinabung observation post.
There have been no deaths or injuries as a result of the eruption.


Mount Sinabung had been dormant for 400 years before erupting in 2010, killing two people.

An eruption in 2014 killed 16, while another seven died in an eruption in 2016.
Sinabung is one of more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, with the country sitting on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” – a group of volcanoes and fault lines around the ocean’s basin which are prone to seismic activity.

Source : Sky News