Thousands flee as volcano erupts on Indonesia's Sumatra


  • World
  • Sunday, 15 Sep 2013

JAKARTA: Thousands of villagers fled Sunday after a volcano erupted on Indonesia's Sumatra island spewing rocks and red-hot ash onto surrounding villages, officials said. 

Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, erupted violently before dawn.

"More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from areas within a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius of the volcano, and they are all safe," Asren Nasution, the head of North Sumatra disaster agency, told AFP. 

Five halls normally used for traditional cultural ceremonies had been converted into shelters for those displaced.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, national disaster agency spokesman, said 3,710 people had so far been evacuated.

Nugroho said it was second recent eruption of Sinabung. The volcano was dormant for nearly 100 years before erupting in August and September 2010, forcing about 12,000 people to flee. 

Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "Ring of Fire" between the Pacific and Indian oceans. Last month five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted. 

The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010. - AFP 
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

Kremlin critic Navalny's website blocked by Russian regulator
Equatorial Guinea to close embassy in London
Tunisia's Islamist 'chameleon' contests what he calls a coup
Southern Europe battles wildfires as north cleans up after floods
Lebanese fleeing collapse at home seek security, salaries in UAE
Russian court sentences shaman critical of Putin to psychiatric treatment - lawyer
Tight security around Nigeria court as separatist's trial resumes
Spaniard uses his garage as language school for migrants
‘Holy moly!’: Inside Texas’ fight against a ransomware hack
Afghan soldiers seek refuge in Pakistan after losing border military posts

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers