Large pyroclastic flows from Mount Sinabung disrupt flights, Indonesia

Several large pyroclastic flows traveled down the southeast flank of Mount Sinabung on October 9, 2014, threatening the closest inhabited areas. Flights from the Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, to destinations in the province and Aceh are grounded due to thick volcanic ash.

Ash fall has occurred in more than 12 km distances as a result of the so-called co-ignimbrite ash plumes (rising ash from the avalanches) that rose to several km height. 

Watching the fireworks

People gather at night to watch the lava flowing from the top of Sinabung. Even though the volcano has severely disrupted the way of life, and has ruined the economy of the surrounding area, a fireworks display is always entertaining.

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.

2013 eruption

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

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

Sinabung, Indonesia erupted at 00:08 pm, Sunday, two people killed

Sinabung erupted at 00:08 pm, Sunday, two people killed.Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra (North Sumatra) provinces, Indonesia, erupted at exactly 00:08 pm, Sunday (08/29/2010). Citizens residing in the surrounding mountains are requested to follow the instructions officers at the scene. "The mountain erupted at around 0:08 am," said special staff in Disaster and Social Assistance, Andi Arief. According to Ani eruption of the mountain is completely unexpected, although there were clouds of smoke that emerged from the summit Sinabung since yesterday.

New eruption at Sinabung in Indonesia

Eruptions readers were quick on the news about the new eruption at Sinabung in Indonesia. There isn't much known about the eruptive history of the volcano - checking out the Global Volcanism Program, the last activity at Sinabung might have been an explosive event in 1881 with persistent fumaroles up until 1912. However, most news sources are quoting 400 years as the last known eruption of the volcano, apparently information from the Indonesian government.

Twelve thousands evacuated over Mount Sinabung in eruption

Jakarta (KATAKAMI / ANTARA) – About 12 thousand local residents around Mount Sinabung which erupted at 0:15 am local time on Sunday have been evacuated to safer places, a red-cross official said. “Based on temporary data collected by the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) a total of 12 thousand locals of 14 villages in three sub districts have been evacuated,” Muhammad Irsal, a member of PMI`s disaster mitigation task force (Satgana), said when he was contacted through the phne here on Sunday. Mt Sinabung has been spewing thick smokes and vulcanic ashes since Friday night.


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