News about Gunung Sinabung

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Sinabung volcano, Sumatra, Indonesia. From wikipedia

Mount Sinabung (Indonesian: Gunung Sinabung) is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano of andesite and dacite in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Many lava flows are on its flanks. Solfataric activities (cracks where steam, gas, and lava are emitted) were seen at the summit in 1912, but no historical eruptions had been recorded until the eruption in the early hours of 29 August 2010.

New activity

Large pyroclastic flow on Sinabung on 9 Oct 2014 (source: Volcano Alert @infoVolcano / Twitter)

Activity has picked up considerably at the volcano during the past days. Several pyroclastic flows (dangerous hot avalanches of fragmented lava and hot gasses) traveled down the SE (and some on the NE) flanks of the volcano, threatening again the closest inhabited areas to the S of Sinabung.
The flows originated by collapses on the viscous growing lava lobe on the steep southeastern flank of the volcano and traveled distances of 3-4.5 km. Some still inhabited villages on the southern feet of the volcano are now at elevated risk.

Watching the fireworks

Watching the show

People gather at night to watch the lava flowing from the top of Sinabung.

New eruption photos

Lava flowing towards a village

We have uploaded some recent photos of the eruption here:
Gallery of Sinabung eruption photos

15,000 people evacuated


KARO: Powerful bursts of hot ash and gravel erupted from a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia early Monday, sending panicked villagers streaming down the sides of the mountain.

Six new eruptions in the morning sent lava and searing gas tumbling up to 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) down the slopes of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province.

Volcanic material spewed as high as 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) into the air a day after authorities had raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level.

More news about the ongoing eruptions


Authorities in Indonesia have raised the alert on Mount Sinabung to the highest level after the volcano erupted nine times over the weekend.

The volcano has become increasingly active in recent months and officials say over 11,000 people have now been evacuated from 23 villages that surround Sinabung.

Over two days, the volcano became increasingly unstable and erupted nine times over 48 hours, spewing ash eight kilometres into the air. Last week the volcano recorded its biggest ever eruption, with ash, smoke and lava being spewed 10km into the air.

Live cam

More photos from November 2013 eruption



2013 eruption

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Indonesian officials have raised the alert for the Mount Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra to the highest level.

The status was raised from "stand-by" to "caution" - the highest alert for volcanic activity - on Sunday.

People have also been warned to stay at least 5km (3 miles) from the crater.

Mt Sinabung has been showing signs of life since September, after being dormant for three years. Over the weekend, it shot ash and rocks far into the air, prompting the alert move.

Sinabung night photo

Sinabung at night

In this photo taken late Saturday, Mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke as lightning strikes in Tanah Karo, North Sumatra. The volcano, which had been dormant for four hundred years, erupted earlier this month, catching scientist off guard and leaving the region in a state of high alert. AP/Binsar Bakkara