The Mount Sinabung volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted for the third time in two days Monday morning. It has been spewing thick clouds of ash three miles into the sky, as “ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows,” which most of us call “lava,” forced the locals to scatter for cover.
Erupting volcano causes mass chaos
According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia, they recorded a “powerful” eruption of the volcano at 10:16 local time this morning, which showered a “dense dark ash plume which reached approx. 30,000 ft. altitude.” The plume of ash disbursed to the west and started falling back to earth “onto the volcano’s slopes and resident area.”
The volcano warning bulletin advises that the summit of Mt. Sinabung is at a hair over 8,000 feet and the cloud of ash it expelled was enough to declare a “code red” aviation incident.
The ash falling like snow isn’t the only problem, as the bulletin states, “ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows could affect an area of about 3 km distance from the main crater and 5 km on the SE flank and 4 km on the NE flank.” That would be generally two-and-a-half miles from the vent. Getting hit with a flying boulder would seriously ruin your Monday.
The island’s inhabitants are urged to use face masks to prevent breathing the fine ash into their lungs. As reported by Reuters, the mountain “erupted on Saturday and again on Monday, emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark.” According to an official of Sumatra’s government, “ash and grit had piled up 2 inches thick in some abandoned villages close to the volcano.”
North Sumatra's Mount Sinabung erupted again at 10.16 this morning spewing a cloud of ash 5,000m high. This is the third time in two days the volatile volcano has erupted. Yesterday the ash plume was only 2,000m from the crater. Photo credit to @ukuranbaju pic.twitter.com/uJbHmVuvZ2
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The sleeping giant woke up a while ago
As explained by the experts, the volcano slept peacefully for around four centuries before “reawakening a decade ago.” The mountain has blown it’s top a few times now, “sometimes with deadly results.” Over the years, many of the villagers have abandoned their homes.
Thankfully, in the latest round of upheaval, the fire god didn’t claim any fresh sacrifices. “No fatalities or injuries have been reported as a result of the latest eruption.” Pilots are not happy though. It’s disrupting supply lines all around the rim of fire because “local observatories have warned that the ash plume could disrupt aviation in the immediate area of the volcano.”
Indonesia is basically volcano central to start with. It lies along “the seismically active ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean, is home to more than 100 active volcanoes.” Right now, another one in Indonesia is actively erupting.