Mount Sinabung erupts again

Kabanjahe, North Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted again on Tuesday at 12:13 p.m. West Indonesian Standard Time, spewing volcanic ash and thick smoke five kilometres into the air.

The highest mountain in North Sumatra (2,600 metres) had erupted at 2:51 a.m. on Sunday forcing people to flee.

"The sound of eruption was strong and molten lava could be seen clearly from afar. As a result, people became frightened and left their villages," said a villager on Sunday.

Mount Sinabung had erupted twice on September 3, 2010, with the first eruption at 4:45 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m.

Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak are active volcanoes in the province.

A total of 534 villagers, including children, from Sukameriah have been accommodated at an evacuation camp in Payung sub-district.

All of them were fine on Tuesday and have received logistical supplies, while a medical team from the Medan chapter of the Indonesian Red Cross has been on location to provide help.

Reported by Munawar Mandailing

Edited by INE