Powerful Sinabung eruption ejects plume of ash and gas 5000 meter in the sky and triggers 13 pyroclastic flows

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The sinabung volcano, located in the province of Karo on Sumatra in Indonesia, exploded violently between 6:42 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. WIB on March 2, 2021, sending a cloud of gas and ash 5,000 meters in the air.

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Sinabung eruption in Indonesia on March 2, 2021. Picture: Komunitas Beidar Sinabung

The power explosions also produced 13 pyroclastic flows, that hurled 2,000 to 5,000 meters down the southeast slope of the volcanic peak… Like a nuclear explosion!

This new eruption prompt officials to raise the aviation code is red.

Similar to Catania near the currently exploding Etna volcano in Italy, ashfall – up to 3 cm thick – was reported in various villages around the volcano.

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Ash covers settlements around the Sinabung volcanic peak in Indonesia. Picture: Beidar Sinabung

Meanwhile, the ash cloud is drifting west.

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Sinabung ash cloud drifting to the west. Satellite image: Himawari-8

The seismicity of March 2 between 00 and 6 a.m. was characterized by:

– 1 eruption earthquake, with an amplitude of 40 mm, and a duration of 191 seconds.
– 13 earthquakes linked to pyroclastic flows, with an amplitude of 120 mm and a duration of 143-485 seconds.
– 35 collapse / avalanche earthquakes, with an amplitude of 10-65 mm and a duration of 22-160 seconds.
– 23 low frequency earthquakes, with an amplitude of 5-25 mm and the duration of the earthquake was 10-40 seconds.
– 1 remote tectonic earthquake
– 1 continuous tremor episode with an amplitude of 2-5 mm.

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Ash plume after eruption of Sinabung volcano on March 2, 2021. Picture: Nachelle Homestay

The activity level remains at 3 / siaga with prohibitions of 3 to 5 km., depending on the flanks concerned. [Earth of Fire]

This eruption of Etna volcano in Italy is amazing too

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