Mt Sinabung erupts again, shoots ash 500 m into sky

Mt Sinabung erupts again, shoots ash 500 m into sky

Mt Sinabung erupted again and spewed volcanic ash on Thursday (January 21, 2021). ANTARA/HO

Mount Sinabung's eruption was clearly visible
Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) - Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, erupted again at 12 p.m. WIB (Western Indonesia Time) on Thursday, hurling clouds of grey ash some 500 meters into the sky.

"Mount Sinabung's eruption was clearly visible," acting chief of the Karo District Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD), Natanail Perangin-angin, said.

The weather was sunny and cloudy when the 2,460-meter high volcano erupted.

The volcano had also erupted the day before on Wednesday. However, the height of the ash column could not be observed, The eruption was recorded on the seismogram and showed a maximum amplitude of 55 mm and a duration of about three minutes and 21 seconds.

The volcano’s alert status is currently at level III. Residents and farmers have been advised not to carry out any activities within a three-kilometer radius of the volcano's peak, a five-kilometer sectoral radius in the southeast sector, and a four-kilometer radius in the northeast sector, Perangin-angin informed.

He said in the event of ash rain, residents must wear masks while venturing outdoors to reduce the adverse impact of inhaling volcanic ash on their health. They must also keep clean water at hand and rid roofs of thick volcanic ash to prevent their homes from collapsing, he added.

People residing near rivers whose upper reach is in Mount Sinabung must stay alert for the danger of lava, he added.

Mount Sinabung has repeatedly erupted since 2010, displacing tens of thousands of people in disaster zones.

Last year, the volcano had erupted early on the morning of August 8, spewing a two thousand-meter-high ash column. The eruption had affected local residents in the sub-districts of Teran, Berastagi, Simpang 4, and Merdeka.

In November, 2020, the volcano spewed clouds of hot ash for two consecutive days, according to the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG).

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