Residents and tourists living near Mount Sinanbung in Kano, North Sumatra island have been warned about possible lava flow and advised to stay clear of a 3km radius from the crater’s mouth.
Despite a No-go Zone Around The Mountain, The Eruption Is visible For Miles
The Saturday morning eruption is the second Major volcanic activity in over a year of being dormant.
Pictures and video footage shared by residents showed a giant cloud of thick ash spewed from the peak of the 2,460-metre (8,071-ft) mountain.
Witnesses say the thick clouds turned the sky dark with thunderous noise completing the terrifying apocalyptic-like experience.
The Eruption Shot A Giant Cloud Of Volcanic Ash Miles Into The Air Turning The Sky dark
‘The sound was like thunder, it lasted for less than 30 seconds,’ resident Fachrur Rozi Pasi told the media.
As an additional measure, locals have been advised to wear face masks at all times to minimize the respiratory irritation caused by the falling Ash.
Ash cloud From the Morning’s Eruption Covered Several Villages Surrounding The Mountain
A thick layer of ash from Monday’s eruption covered several villages up to 20km from the crater.
‘The situation around Mount Sinabung is very dark now,’ said Gilbert Sembiring, who was visiting a friend in Naman Teran Kampung when Sinabung erupted.
‘It was bigger than the eruption a couple of days ago.’
The volcano is one of 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 Ocean