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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thousands Evacuated, Volcano Erupts N. Sumatra


Evacuated: Thousands displaced residents living around Mount Sinabung were evacuated to Jambur Taras, Berastagi, North Sumatra, on Sunday. Thousands of residents from 12 villages were reported to have fled from their homes after the volcano erupted and sent volcanic ash to their villages. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo | Archipelago | 
Sun, September 15 2013, 7:04 PM
Thousands of residents living in 11 villages in Karo regency, North Sumatra, fled to traditional meeting halls or jambur and houses of worship after Mount Sinabung erupted early on Sunday.
As of 1 p.m. local time, waves of people continued to flock to several jambur and houses of worship. Some were evacuated by local authorities in military and police trucks, while the remainder fled on their own initiative.
Ipon Ginting along with his family of six, who live only about 1 kilometer from the volcano, left their home as they were worried about the possible impact of the eruption. (continued below photo)
Smoke and Ash Spew from Mt. Sinaburg
Photo source: Fox News
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s head of volcanology and geological disaster mitigation, M.Hendrasto, said Mt. Sinabung’s status had been increased to alert (level 3) from caution (level 2) due to the increase in activity.
“There is the potential that Sinabung will erupt again, so we are asking locals to remain alert,” Hendrasto said, adding that it could not be predicted when the volcano might erupt again.
Karo Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Albert Sianipar said that as a precautionary measure, residents living around Mt. Sinabung were not allowed to return to their homes at this time.
“Residents who live within a radius of 3 km from the volcano are not allowed to go home,” Albert said.
He said around 1,500 people were staying in temporary shelters, including the Sempakata and Taras jambur, the Kabanjahe meeting hall, the Kabanjahe Mosque and the Kabanjahe Karo Batak Protestant Church.
Mt. Sinabung last erupted in August 2010, which was its first in 410 years. Thousands of residents fled, while several people died from smoke inhalation. (ebf)
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From Yahoo News:
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.


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Thanks to A. Warren, Key West Global Rumblings correspondent for heads up.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/09/15/thousands-flee-mt-sinabung-erupts.html

http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-flee-sumatra-volcano-erupts-085223096.html


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