TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Sinabung that reached 2,000 meters into the air affected four sub-districts in Karo District, North Sumatra Province, on Saturday morning.
"Naman Teran, Berastagi, Simpang 4, and Merdeka are the sub-districts affected by the volcanic ash emitted from the erupting Mount Sinabung," Muhamad Nurul Assori, an officer at the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), stated here on Saturday.
PVMBG's Mount Sinabung Observation Post has appealed to residents to wear face masks or personal protection equipment to safeguard from exposure to the volcanic ash.
Local residents were advised to keep away from the red zone of the Mount Sinabung area owing to heightened volcanic activity.
On Saturday, at 1:58 a.m. WIB, Mount Sinabung erupted, sending a massive column of ash and smoke around 2,000 meters high into the air, or some 4,460 meters above sea level.
This eruption was the first to have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic after the last one on June 9, 2019, sending volcanic ash up to 7,000 meters above the volcano's peak, or 9,460 meters above sea level. Mount Sinabung had remained dormant for four centuries, but it roared back to life in 2010 and has sporadically remained active.
The last known eruption, prior to recent times, occurred in the year 1600.
Over 30,000 people across 34 villages were displaced during the period from September 2013 to February 2014 on account of the eruptions of the 2,600-meter-high mountain.