After remaining silent for 10 months, on May 7, around 07.48, Indonesia time, Sinabung volcano erupted again, ejecting a column of ash that reached approximately 2,000 m. over the peak, reaching 4,460 m. above sea level.
According to the information from the Center for Volcanology and Mitigation of Geological Disasters (PVMNG), it was observed that the ash column was gray, with a thick density and sloping to the southeast. The eruption was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 120 mm. and a duration of 42 minutes with 49 seconds.
So far, the ash rains continue and cover three sub-districts, Kecamatan Simpangempat, Berastagi and Kabanjahe.
Mount Sinabung, located in the Karo Highlands, Karo Province, North Sumatra, Indonesia, is currently at Level IV (Alert).
The PVMNG appealed to the community not to carry out activities within the radius of 3 km for the northwest sector, 4 km for the southwest sector, 7 km for the south-southeast sector, 6 km for the southeast-east sector and one of 4 km for the northern sector of Sinabung Volcano.
The people who live along the channel that runs upstream to the Sinabung Volcano should be aware of the potential of the lava floods, which, if it emerges, would occupy the same channels as the water.
Mount Sinabung, which has an altitude of 2,460 m above sea level, was in continuous eruption from 2013 to July 2018, when it seemed to fall asleep. But after 10 months of calm the volcano has erupted again.
After the eruption, and from yesterday until this morning, local time, with the naked eye, the volcano was clearly visible until the fog covered it. The smoke from the main crater, now 200 meters high above the peak, was observed to be white and fine to coarse in intensity.