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.
Mount Sinabung volcano erupted in Indonesia, as residents were advised to be aware of ashfall and avalanches of volcanic debris.
At least 15 smaller eruptions have been recorded in the past week, according to officials. pic.twitter.com/VeCwPUgQWH
— Watchman (@Judmir3) May 7, 2021
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.
— Volc-Han-ology (@han_volcan) May 6, 2021
The “unusually high magma jet” went beyond the perspective on the RUV webcam and has risen above 460 m (1 500 feet).
— IGEO (CSIC-UCM) (@IGeociencias) May 6, 2021
Another one… It’s so amazing…
— Bjorn Steinbekk (@BSteinbekk) May 5, 2021
M6.0 earthquake hits off Macquarie Island
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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