Indonesian volcano erupts 30 times as 20,000 displaced

Jan 05, 2014
Indonesians look at the volcanic ash spewing up into the air from Mount Sinabung as it erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, on January 1, 2014

An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on Saturday, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said.

Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent rivers of lava flowing through an evacuation zone and columns of volcanic cloud up as high as 4,000 metres (13,000 feet), National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"Hot lava spewed from the some 60 times, reaching up to five kilometres (three miles) southeast of the crater. This outpour is the biggest we've seen in all the recent eruptions," Nugroho said.

Authorities had already told residents in a five-kilometre radius of the volcano to evacuate, and Nugroho said an expanded evacuation zone may be considered.

The number of people who have now fled the rumbling volcano since it began erupting in September last year has risen to 20,331, Nugroho said.

Mount Sinabung is one of dozens of active volcanoes in Indonesia that straddle major tectonic fault lines, known as the Ring of Fire.

It had been quiet for around 400 years until it rumbled back to life in 2010, and again in September last year.

In August, five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted.

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash near Karo, North Sumatra on January 4, 2014

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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goracle
5 / 5 (6) Jan 05, 2014
That's almost as cantankerous as a physorg troll at a climate change article!
Sinister1812
5 / 5 (4) Jan 05, 2014
No doubt the volcanoes were made to erupt by Al Gore's magic stick wand.
Captain Stumpy
4.8 / 5 (4) Jan 05, 2014
No doubt the volcanoes were made to erupt by Al Gore's magic stick wand.


@Sinister1812
you should have thrown the word "conspiracy" in there for good measure so that you could instantly get Ryggy's attention!

i mean... what is an article like this without 42 thousand off topic quotes from Rygg about the conspiracy and how we are all socialists and how (apparently) no one knows anything intelligent, or even scientific, except the Rygg?

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goracle
5 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2014
Jenny McCarthy told them not to vaccinate that volcano, but did they listen? No!
Returners
1 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2014
No doubt the volcanoes were made to erupt by Al Gore's magic stick wand.


@Sinister1812
you should have thrown the word "conspiracy" in there for good measure so that you could instantly get Ryggy's attention!

i mean... what is an article like this without 42 thousand off topic quotes from Rygg about the conspiracy and how we are all socialists and how (apparently) no one knows anything intelligent, or even scientific, except the Rygg?

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You know, if you people didn't call him out by name on half the posts you make, where he hasn't even responded on said topic, then perhaps he'd post half as often.