Mount Sinabaug erupts, sends smoke, ash 5 km into the air

Medan: Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung, a volcano erupted Monday, belching a massive column of ash and smoke 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) into the air and plunging local communities into darkness with a thick layer of debris.

The volcano on Sumatra island has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016.

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Activity had picked up in recent days, including a pair of smaller eruptions at the weekend.

There were no reports of injuries or deaths from Monday morning’s blast, but authorities warned of possible lava flows and more eruptions.

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“This is an alert for all of us to avoid red-zone areas near Sinabung,” said Armen Putera, a local official with Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.

However, the crater’s alert status remained at its second-highest level.

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