Indonesian Sinabung volcano erupted on Tuesday with a spectacular column of ash and smoke several kilometers high above sea level, with a blue sky in the background.
As of press time, volcanologists have recorded at least thirteen projections that reached about 5,000 meters in height on the island of Sumatra.
Indonesian authorities have not raised the alert level for the volcano, which is already at the third level out of a scale of four, but they are denying access to a five kilometer zone around its crater.
“People are scared and many stay at home to protect themselves from the thick volcanic ash, ”41-year-old farmer Roy Bangun told AFP.
The cloud of smoke emitted by the Sinabung is the older since 2010said Muhammad Nurul Asrori, who is tasked with policing the volcano, warning of increased risks.
“The great lava dome could erupt at any moment, causing a even worse avalanche of fiery clouds “, he claimed.
The Sinabung, a 2,460-meter-high volcano in North Sumatra, lay dormant for several centuries before waking up in 2010 with a rash that killed two people.
After that, the volcano has had two other deadly eruptions: one in 2014, in which at least 16 people died; and in 2016, with seven other victims.
In Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and islets, there are 130 active volcanoes.
Like Chile, this country is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic activity and volcanic eruptions, where three large tectonic plates converge (Indo-Pacific, Australian and Eurasian).
The Merapi, on the island of Java, has also shown strong activity in recent weeks. On Monday it again emitted incandescent lava flows.