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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.

Increasing activity

Activity at the volcano remains elevated. Vertical explosions from the summit dome are relatively frequent and sometimes strong. This afternoon, an explosion generated an eruption column of approx. 2000 m above the summit.

The most recent phase of activity has been characterized by the destruction of the lava dome due to collapses, which have in turn resulted in frequent rockfalls and pyroclastic flows.

 

(image: PVMBG)

Larger than average pyroclastic flow claims at least 7 victims

A series of pyroclastic flows occurred in the afternoon of the 22nd of May - sadly, at least one of them was was much larger than most others during the past months, and claimed several fatalities among local farmers who were working on their fields within the exclusion zone, approx. 4 km from the volcano. The latest update includes 7 dead and at least 2 badly bunt among the victims. 

Beware of Mt. Sinabung, says National Disaster Mitigation Agency

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) heightened the alert status of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Wednesday after registering increasing volcanic activity.

The volume of hot lava spewing out of the mountain has reached 3 million cubic meters.

BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Wednesday that with the increasing volcanic activity, the Sinabung had the potential to spew hot lava and ash clouds to the south and southeast as far as 7 kilometers from the crater.

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