A volcano in western Indonesia unleashed a new potent burst higher into the sky on Saturday, sending hot ash far down the mountain’s slopes, an official stated.
Authorities have been closely monitoring two,460-meter (eight,070-foot) -high Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, a single of Indonesia’s key islands, considering that June 2, when its status was raised to the highest alert level due to the expanding size of its lava dome.
Hot ash tumbled down the slopes of the mountain as far as 3 kilometers (two miles) southeastward on Saturday, said Wendy Cahya, an official at the mountain’s monitoring post.
No injuries have been reported from the most up-to-date eruption, he mentioned.
Cahya said that as of Saturday evening, 11 avalanches of hot ash had been recorded, with volcanic ash released as higher as two kilometers (1.two miles) into the air.
Volcanologists have warned that smoldering rocks mixed with hot gases may well tumble down from the mountain at any time.
Much more than two,700 people from villages within the danger zone of 7 kilometers (4.four miles) from the crater have been evacuated to temporary shelters. No casualties have been reported from this month’s eruptions.
Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its place on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
The volcano has sporadically erupted because 2010, immediately after becoming dormant for 400 years. An eruption last year killed at least 17 people.