Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Eruption of Mount Sinabung, Sumatra - May 22, 2016

The above is an image of Mount Sinabung in 2010 - courtesy of Wikipedia.

CNN reported that 'At least seven people have died and two more are critically injured after Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Saturday, the country's National Disaster Management Agency reported.'

Bernama report, 'Six people were confirmed killed so far while three others were in critical condition after being scorched by hot clouds of ash from the volcano eruption in Karo district, north Sumatra since Saturday (May 21).'

Mount Sinabung started spewing ashes on May 21 and erupted the following day on May 22. The eruption occurred at 4:48PM local time. Sumatra where Mount Sinabung is located is one hour ahead of Kuala Lumpur or Malaysia for that matter.

Mount Sinabung is on the same latitude as Kuala Lumpur at 3deg north of the Equator.

Source: Googlemaps

According to our Meteorological Department, so far no ash from the volcano had reached Malaysia and as at noon yesterday, no further eruption occurred. However, the Met Department (MetMalaysia) will continue to monitor the movement of ash and dust from Mount Sinabung eruption in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Mount Sinabung is an active volcano and has had eruptions every year, even a number of times a year according to Wikipedia.

Recent activity on Mount Sinabung has resulted in higher levels of tourism and sight-seeing in the area. The Tourism Agency of the Karo regency has officially proposed several locations to local government as potential tourist sites. Tours to different villages and viewing sites are already available in the area.

A few images from CNN depicting the aftermath of the Mount Sinabung eruption on May 22..

A scorched home after it was hit by the eruption.

A dog covered in volcanic ash

Indonesian soldiers helping out with the evacuation

Indonesia is located in what is referred to as the Ring of Fire, a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Indonesia has at least 150 active volcanoes. However, volcanic ash is a major contributor to the high agricultural fertility that has historically sustained the high population densities of Java and Bali.

Pacific Ring of Fire - Wikipedia

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