The Sinabung volcano, one of the most active in the archipelago Indonesian, on Tuesday expelled a huge column of ash and smoke that reached 5,000 meters in height, the Indonesian volcanology agency reported.
The authorities of this island country, located between Southeast Asia and Oceania, have established as a precautionary measure a security perimeter of up to 5 kilometers due to the danger of magmatic eruption of the volcano, located in the north of Sumatra, one of the largest islands. of the archipelago.
Images from the volcanology agency and videos on social media show a huge column of very clear ash against a blue sky.
The government entity ruled out in a statement that there are “indications of an increase in the potential threat of danger” due to the activity of the volcano.
“The ejected ash could reach a greater distance depending on the direction and speed of the wind”, the agency remarked after the latest eruption.
The intermittent eruptions of the Sinabung, 2,460 meters high and showing uninterrupted activity since 2013, caused 16 deaths in 2014 and seven in 2016, despite the fact that they have never exceeded grade 3 (on a scale of 8) on the Volcanic Explosivity Index.
The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic activity with 127 active volcanoes and which is shaken by thousands of tremors a year, most of them of small magnitude.
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