Indonesia volcano spews huge ash cloud in second eruption in three days

INDONESIA-NORTH SUMATRA-MOUNT SINABUNG-ERUPTION

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian volcano spewed a giant ash cloud 5 km (3.1 miles) into the sky on Monday in its second eruption in three days, emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark, authorities and witnesses said.

The eruption of Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra comes after more than a year of inactivity and was the second since Saturday, as authorities warned residents and tourists about possible lava flows.

Dramatic footage of the morning eruption captured by residents showed a giant cloud of thick ash rising from the peak of the 2,460-metre (8,071-ft) mountain in Karo, North Sumatra.

17 PHOTOS
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
See Gallery
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
In this Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, file photo, school children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010. (AP Photo/Sarianto, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 9, 2019, file photo, a man carrying a child watches Mount Sinabung spew volcanic material into the air during an eruption, in Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, Indonesia. On Friday, June 14, 2019, The Associated Press reported on an educational simulation video made with 3D technology seven years ago that recent online posts have incorrectly identified as footage from the eruption. (AP Photo)
Indonesian men use their mobile phones to take photos as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the air as it erupts, in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The rumbling volcano erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials a few thousands meters into the sky. 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. (AP Photo/Sugeng Nuryono)
In this June 25, 2015, file photo, a man watches as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic material into the air in Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone have been evacuated to safer areas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara, File)
In this Thursday, June 25, 2015, file photo, a man watches as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic material into the air in Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone have been evacuated to safer areas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
A woman and her daughter walk on a road as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic material into the air in Gamber, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone have been evacuated since then to safer areas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
A famer tends to his crops as volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung is seen in the sky above, in Sukandebi, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, June 19, 2015. Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in the country, has been put at the highest alert level since June 2 due to the growing size of its lava dome. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung spews thick ash and smoke into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra on August 10, 2020. (Photo by Anto Sembiring / AFP) (Photo by ANTO SEMBIRING/AFP via Getty Images)
KARO, INDONESIA - JUNE 09 : A view from Gajah Village as Mount Sinabung Eruption spewing ash volcanic to the sky, on June 09, 2019 in Karo, Indonesia. The Indonesian Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (KESDM) has reduced the activity level of Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatra. The level drops from Level IV (Caution) to Level III (Standby). Decrease in the activity level of Mount Sinabung stated by the Geological Agency (KESDM) in letter number 948/45 / BGL.V / 2019, on May 2019. (Photo by Tibta Pangin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
KARO, INDONESIA - JUNE 09 : A view from Gajah Village as Mount Sinabung Eruption spewing ash volcanic to the sky, on June 09, 2019 in Karo, Indonesia. The Indonesian Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (KESDM) has reduced the activity level of Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatra. The level drops from Level IV (Caution) to Level III (Standby). Decrease in the activity level of Mount Sinabung stated by the Geological Agency (KESDM) in letter number 948/45 / BGL.V / 2019, on May 2019. (Photo by Tibta Pangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
This picture taken on May 7, 2019 shows Mount Sinabung volcano spewing thick volcanic ash, as seen from Karo. - Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island -- which has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016 -- spewed the thick plume after activity picked up recent days. (Photo by Anto Sembiring / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTO SEMBIRING/AFP via Getty Images)
A family sit inside a car as they prepare to leave a danger zone area, as ash spews from Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption at Tiga Serangkai village in Karo Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia June 24, 2015. More than 10,000 people from 12 villages, who are living around the slopes of Mount Sinabung, left their homes and moved to refugee camps, local media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Beawiharta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Tiga Pancur village, Karo Regency in Indonesia's North Sumatra province October 8, 2014. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/YT Haryono (INDONESIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Lava flows from Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption as seen from Tiga Serangkai village in Karo Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia June 27, 2015. More than 10,000 people from 12 villages, who were living around the slopes of Mount Sinabung, left their homes and moved to refugee camps, local media reported. REUTERS/Beawiharta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A villager is seen following an eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano, in Beganding Village, Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia August 2, 2017. REUTERS/YT Haryono TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Residents ride on a motorcycle as Mount Sinabung volcano erupts in Karo Regency, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, June 16, 2015, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Antara Foto/Rony Muharrman ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Mount Sinabung spews ash as it is pictured from Simpang Empat village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, November 5, 2013. A volcano erupted for the third time in as many months on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to evacuate, officials said. Mount Sinabung spewed a 7-km (4.3-mile) column of ash into the air on Sunday, prompting authorities to impose a 3-km evacuation radius. REUTERS/Roni Bintang (INDONESIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"The sound was like thunder, it lasted for less than 30 seconds," resident Fachrur Rozi Pasi told Reuters by phone.

Residents have been advised to stay outside of a 3 km radius of the volcano and to wear masks to minimise the effects of falling volcanic ash, the volcanology agency said in a statement.

No casualties have been reported and a spokeswoman for the civil aviation authority said flights were still operating in the region.

"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."

Sinabung, located in one of the world's most volcanically active countries, had been inactive for centuries before it erupted again in 2010.

Read Full Story Click here to comment

FROM OUR PARTNERS