Video: Mount Sinabung Eruption Blows Pillar of Ash 5 Miles Into The Sky
OutdoorHub Reporters 06.11.19
Mount Sinabung erupted Sunday blasting a huge column of ash five miles into the sky and causing panic among the island’s residents.
The 8,000 foot volcano blew for nine minutes on Sunday, and covered the Indonesian island of Sumatra in a thick layer of volcanic ash. No casualties have been reported, however Indonesian officials warned the public about the remaining threat of possible aftershocks.
Below, we stumbled across a video on Instagram taken not very far from the massive explosion:
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“After the eruption, from midnight until 6 a.m. on Monday, there were a few aftershocks,” a scientist at the Sinabung observatory post added. Residents were also told to keep their faces covered with masks and stay indoors at all costs to protect themselves from the ashfall.
Mount Sinabung had been inactive for around 400 years before it erupted back in 2010, but after blowing again in 2014 and 2018, it has become one of the most active volcanoes in the south east Asian nation.
Indonesia is host to nearly 130 active volcanoes, which The Independent reports is more than any other country.
The volcanic islands are particularly susceptible to seismic activity because they sit on what’s called the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines along the Pacific Basin.