High alert in Indonesia, where thick plumes of volcanic ash and flowing lava are spewing from Mount Sinabung, in the Sumatra island. The authorities are currently involved in monitoring the activity of the volcano, and one of the experts revealed yesterday that hot ash from the volcano made its way down the slopes of the mountain covering up 2.5 kilometres.
The experts urged the villagers to stay away from the most dangerous zone, that extends up to 6 kilometres south-east from the crater. “The growing size of the lava dome is very unstable,” explained one of the experts, adding that boiling rocks mixed with gases may fall down from the mountain any time now.
Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to volcanic activity and frequent earthquakes as it lies along the “Ring of Fire” of the Pacific Ocean.. The volcano had been dormant for about 400 years, but erupted again on August 29, 2010, and last year at least 17 people were killed after an eruption.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo