TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Mount Sinabung observation post in Karo, North Sumatra recorded the volcano's eruption on Monday morning, May 27, around 06:30 a.m. The ash column observed reached a height of 2,500 meters above the summit or 4,960 meters above sea level.
The eruption spewed thick volcanic dust that "heads towards the south," post observer officer Armen Putra told Tempo on Monday.
Armen said that Mount Sinabung's status is currently al Level 3 or 'alert'.
Locals and visitors are advised to stay away from relocated villages, as well as locations within a radius of 3 kilometers from the peak of Sinabung, as well as a 5-kilometer sectoral radius for the south-east sector, and 4 kilometers for the north-east sector.
If ash rains occur, residents must wear masks when going out, to reduce health risks from inhaling volcanic ash.
They are also advised to "secure clean water facilities and clean the roofs of houses from thick volcanic ash to prevent collapses."
Sumbul Sembiring, a resident of Kabanjahe, told Tempo said that the thick volcanic dust of Mount Sinabung had arrived at the settlements. "But it is not life-threatening," he said.