Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted Wednesday afternoon, leaving a thick cloud of smoke over parts of the country’s North Sumatra province. The active volcano spewed ash up to 4.6 kilometres into the sky, Reuters reported. Officials tweeted that there were no deaths caused by the explosion because the red zone has already emptied. Thousands of FAMILIES will be relocated from Sinabung. Meanwhile, a thick rain of ash fell on villages East of the volcano.
The first flow spread 3.5 km to the east, the second flow spread 4.5 km to the southeast.
Letusan magmatik Gunung Sinabung disertai dengan awan panas guguran sejauh 3,5 – 4,6 km ke sektor Timur Tenggara Selatan. Hujan abu jatuh di desa-desa sebelah timur gunung. Tidak ada korban jiwa karena zona merah sudah dikosongkan. Ribuan KK akan direlokasi dari Sinabung. pic.twitter.com/eqsU8ZtjNs
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_BNPB) December 27, 2017
Ashfall was reported in several villages near the volcano.
There are no victims.
Mount Sinabung has caused the island to be on alert since September 2013, when it first erupted. Its previous explosions have been fatal, including one in May 2016, which killed at least seven people.