Event Report

Base data

Event code GE-VAE/03297/IDN
Main category Geological Event
Sub category volcano eruption
Event date (UTC) Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:48:06 +0000
Last update (UTC) Sat, 08 May 2021 02:13:55 +0000


Continent Indonesian Archipelago
Country Indonesia
Administration area North Sumatra
Exact location Mt. Sinabung Volcano
Open Location Code: 6MMW59CR+2F
Size of affected area County-level
Additional events None or not detected.

Common Alerting Protocol Information

Urgency Past
Certainty Observed
Severity Extreme
Category Geo

Event details

Mt. Sinabung, located in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, erupted Tuesday, spewing columns of ash and smoke as high as 7 kilometers, disaster officials said. The latest eruption of the 2,460 meter-high volcano, which became active in 2010 after being dormant for 400 years, is the latest in a series that began in 2013, according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation. There were no immediate reports of injuries. People living in its vicinity were advised to steer clear of the danger zone, wear masks to protect them from smoke and stay alert for possible cold lava flows. The center said the volcano is still under Level 3 alert status, or the second-highest level, which it has been at since 2019. In 2014, its eruption killed at least 16 people after a cloud of hot ash engulfed nearby villages.
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Situation update

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, a local geological agency said. Images showed a thick column of ash spewing from the inside of Sinabung towards the east. No evacuation orders have been issued, and there have been no reported flight disruption. Authorities have instructed residents to avoid a five-kilometer radius around the crater, a zone that has been left unoccupied for years as volcanic activity increased. "Residents and tourists should not do any activity around Mount Sinabung or relocated villages because the volcanic activities remain high," Muhammad Nurul Asrori, an official at Mount Sinabung monitoring post told AFP, adding that the volcano alert status remains unchanged at level three. 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. Indonesia -- an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and islets -- has nearly 130 active volcanoes. It sits on the "Ring of Fire", a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.
The Sinabung volcano in Indonesia's North Sumatra erupted with a thick column of ash 1,000 meters above its peak to the east, the Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre said on Monday. The eruption occurred at 1.55 am local time for 175 seconds. At 1.44 am. local time on the same day, the mountain with third-level status also erupted with an ash column up to 500 meters high for 167 seconds. The center has prohibited people from doing activities in the villages that have been relocated within a radius of 3 km from the peak and urged people to avoid rivers that originate from Mount Sinabung. The authorities also asked residents to wear masks when leaving their homes to avoid breathing in volcanic ash. The 2,968-meter-high volcano is on a densely populated Java island near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted recently. The Centre has also advised villagers living on Merapi's slopes to stay clear from its crater and be aware of the peril of lava. Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people. Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped area along the edge of the ocean that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.
Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra Province erupted on Sunday, spewing a column of ash into the sky up to 2,000 meters from the mountain’s peak. The volcanic ash column was grey and billowed toward the east and southeast of the mountain, Head of the Sinabung Observation Post Armen Putra noted here on Sunday. “The eruption was recorded in seismogram to have a maximum amplitude of 73 mm and duration of 5 minutes and 31 seconds,” he said. The authorities have declared an emergency status of 2,460-meter-high Mount Sinabung at Level III (alert). Putra called on residents, including farmers, not to conduct activities in villages that have been relocated and at locations within a three-km radius from the mountain’s peak, a five-km radius for the south-east sector, and a four-km radius for the east-north sector. When the eruption produces ash rain, the residents are advised to wear masks while venturing outside, to reduce the risks that may have an impact on their health. He also urged the local residents to secure clean water facilities and clear volcanic ash from the roofs of houses. “People living near the rivers that disgorge in Mount Sinabung are also urged to remain vigilant to the potential dangers of lava,” he pointed out.
Incredible images show the moment lightning stuck near erupting Mount Sinabung in Indonesia. A storm crackled overhead as the eruption sent a cloud of hot ash 16,400ft into the sky. The sky was illuminated bright purple in a dusty haze. The images were taken just days after the huge eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, on Tuesday - the first big one since August last year. It started blasting debris early in the morning, according to a local geological agency, which recorded 13 bursts. Residents were pictured fleeing the area as they were told to avoid a five-kilometer radius around the crater. Others stood by in awe of the plumes of smoke. Molten lava was also seen spilling out from Naman Teran village while the area was covered in thick volcanic ash. Roy Bangun, 41, said: "The residents are scared, many are staying indoors to avoid the thick volcanic ash." Muhammad Nurul Asrori, a monitoring officer at Sinabung, said Tuesday's plume of smoke and ash was the largest he had seen since 2010. "The large lava dome at any time could burst, causing a bigger avalanche of hot clouds," he said. Sinabung, an 8,070ft 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. An eruption in 2014 killed at least 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 blast. No casualties were reported this week, but an official had earlier urged people to stay at least 3km from the crater, Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre said.


Number of dead: 0 person(s)
Number of injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Affected: 0 person(s)
Number of Rescued/evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Missing: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)

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