Violent blasts from Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano

By 23rd February 2018 0 Comments

Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted violently on February 19, 2018. See video of the dramatic first moments of the eruption.On February 19, 2018, Mount Sinabung volcano, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, erupted violently, spewing ash at least 16,000 to 23,000 feet (5 to 7 km) into the air. The stratovolcano has been sporadically active since 2010, following four centuries of quiet.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the lava dome obliterated a chunk of the peak as it erupted. Plumes of hot gas and ash flowed down the volcano’s summit and spread out in a 3-mile (5-km) diameter. Ash falls were recorded as far away as the town of Lhokseumawe, some 160 miles (260 km) to the north.Volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana said Tuesday that the chunk, known as the “lava dome,” had a volume of at least 1.6 million cubic meters (56.5 million cubic feet).

The volcano in North Sumatra, which has been active since 2010 after centuries of dormancy, erupted explosively on Monday morning.

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