Indonesia: Sinabung volcano erupts more than 30 times spewing ash and lava
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted more than 30 times, spewing lava and ash clouds over a wide area, officials said, with more than 26,000 people now forced to flee their homes.
Mt Sinabung, which lies in the northwest of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, sent hot rocks and ash 5 kilometres into in the air, spreading hot clouds over a 4.5-kilometre radius, said the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.
Enormous clouds rose from the mountain, as thick layers of grey ash blanketed plantations and nearby houses.
With the volcano erupting regularly, many of those who have left their homes since Mt Sinabung started erupting in September have fallen ill, a local government official said.
“Some refugees are sick, coughing mainly, and they are also in need of clean water,” said Robert Peranginangin, a spokesman for Karo district.
Vegetables are covered by mud in Karo, North Sumatra province, after the eruption of Mount Sinabung (January 11, 2014) #volcano
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Houses of the Sigaranggarang village are seen in Karo, North Sumatra province, on January 11, 2014, after the eruption of Mount Sinabung. An Indonesian #volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on January 4, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced.
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Mount Sinabung, Indonesian #Volcano, Erupts 30 Times And Displaces 20,000 People