Powerful eruption of Sinabung in Indonesia – Unusual 1500 foot-high lava fountains in Iceland – M6.0 earthquake off Macquarie Island

Sinabung volcano eruption on May 7 2021, Sinabung volcano eruption on May 7 2021 photo, Sinabung volcano eruption on May 7 2021 video
Sinabung volcano eruption on May 7, 2021. Picture: AP

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 meters into the sky.

The volcano in North Sumatra province started belching ash and volcanic material at 9 am and the eruption lasted almost six minutes.

No evacuation orders have been issued, and there has been no reported flight disruption.

Authorities have instructed residents to avoid a five-kilometre radius around the crater, a zone that has been left unoccupied for years as volcanic activity increased.

Sinabung, a 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) volcano, was dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010 when an eruption killed two people. After another period of inactivity, it erupted again in 2013 and has remained highly active since.

Mount Sinabung is located on the seismically active zone known as the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. Sinabung has been erupting intermittently for years, with some 30,000 people displaced as a result.

Volcanic eruption in Iceland

Meanwhile, gigantic lava fountains of more than 460 m (1 500 feet) were observed at the Fagradalsfjall eruption site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.

The “unusually high magma jet” went beyond the perspective on the RUV webcam and has risen above 460 m (1 500 feet).

Another one… It’s so amazing…

M6.0 earthquake hits off Macquarie Island

M6.0 earthquake Hits west of Macquarie Island on May 7 2021
M6.0 earthquake Hits west of Macquarie Island on May 7, 2021. Map via USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 15:21:14 GMT on Friday, at a depth of 10.0 km. [DW]

Geology is epic!

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