Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on January 13 2018 06:39 PM (UTC).
Mount Sinabung, Indonesia's volatile monstrous volcano, reared its ugly head last night with a striking display of lava and hot ash clouds 5,000m high spewing from the volcano's crater. Powerful tremors rocked through the island of Sumatra on Friday afternoon, as Indonesian authorities confirmed the eruption carried through the night. National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) officials warned the volcano "catapulted" a dreadful cloud of volcanic ash 5,000m high around 4.07pm BST. The volcanic alert level is now at Level IV - Caution. The Volcanic Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) also raised its alert level to RED in response to the spewing ash cloud VONA warned: "Hot cloud avalanche is observed through the east-southeast and south-southeast slope and reaches a distance of 3500 meters from the summit." Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the BNPB, said the eruption was marked by "intense pressure and the sound of rumbling". The BNPB official added an additional choking "heat cloud" wafted some 3,500m to the southeast and south-southeast from the island. Mr Sutopo then shared a striking image of Mount Sinabung's ruptured crated bathed in the incandescent glow of scorching lava spitting from the crater in the middle of the night. On Friday morning the BNPB confirmed there were no casualties in the eruption thanks to the widespread evacuation efforts in the area. As of March 2018 there are at least 30 relocation zones for refugees scattered around the island, with hundreds of homes under construction. The BNPB said the danger zones within the volcano's direct vicinity have been long "empty of communities". Dramatic video footage caught within moments of the volcano erupting reveals the true extent of the horror. The vast cloud of volcanic ash bloated out the skies as far as the horizon, striking fear into the hearts of those who saw it. Further photographs captured in the aftermath reveal fields of crops smothered in thick ash. Elsewhere in the village of Tiga Nderket in Karo, North Sumatra, a woman was photographed hopelessly sweeping away at the ash that has blanketed the roads. According to the BNPB, Sinabung's eruptions take a heavy toll on local agriculture, livestock and tourism - the bloodline of the region. Mount Sinabung first roared back into life in 2010 after a 400-year-long period of inactivity. The volcano then again sent tremors through Sumatra in 2013 and has remained highly active ever since.
Mount Sinabung's volcano erupted earlier today sending a massive 5km ash column into the sky, the National Board for Disaster Management said. Before and after images from Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called "completely annihilated". Mount Sinabung volcano erupted Monday, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out facemasks to residents. Hot ash clouds rolled down its slopes, travelling as far as 4.9 kilometres from the crater. The eruption sent hot gas clouds more than 4km down the slide of Mount Sinabung. The volcano is one of three now erupting in Indonesia. Volcanic ash spew from Mount Sinabung as it erupts, as seen from Kuta Tengah Village in Karo Regency, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, June 16, 2015. Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises. "The ash has not reached Medan city and the airport", he said, referring to Kualanamu global Airport in North Sumatra province. A video of the natural phenomenon that took place on the island of North Sumatra was also captured and shared by an Instagram user. Sixteen people died when it erupted in 2014, and seven more lost their lives in 2016. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology warned: "There will likely be disruptions to flights in the vicinity of Mt Sinabung in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, following a large eruption at 12.53pm AEDT today". Mount Sinabung sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity belt stretching around the Pacific Ocean basin.
Australians heading to Bali have been told they are unlikely to face any cancellations or delays even though airlines are on 'red notice' after Mount Sinabung, on the island of Sumatra, erupted again. The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin has issued a red notice to airlines, which means eruption is underway with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere. However, a spokesperson from Jetstar told nine.com.au that flights heading to Bali are unaffected, although they will be closely monitoring the ash-clouds movement. Billowing columns of ash shot more than 5000 meters into the atmosphere, but there were no fatalities or injuries reported as areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1900km northwest of the capital Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years due to frequent volcanic activity. Hot ash clouds traveled as far as 4900 meters southward, with the top of the cloud reaching 7276 meters high. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, erupted in 2010, after laying dormant for 400 years, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption. In 2014 around 20,000 people were forced to leave homes after 220 eruptions within a week. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Agency, said the eruption began on Monday morning, accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks. "In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about five meters," he said in a statement. Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
A volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra has erupted, sending a torrent of searing gas more than four kilometres down its slopes. Mount Sinabung also sent a plume of thick ash five kilometres into the atmosphere during the latest activity, said Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster management agency. There were no casualties, he added. The 2460-metre volcano has erupted intermittently since late 2013, displacing thousands of people. Sinabung's alert level has been kept at its highest since June 2015. Mount Agung on the resort island of Bali has also been active for months, but its exclusion zone was reduced from 10 kilometres in November to 4 kilometres earlier this month after a lull. Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions. The country is home to about 130 active volcanoes.