TEMPO.CO, Medan - Karo Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) acting chief Natanail Perangin-angin reported that Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, erupted again on Sunday, Jan. 10, at around 12:01 Western Indonesian Time (WIB). Yet the agency did not record the height of the ash column.
The previous eruption occurred last year on Dec. 28. Recently on Sunday, Jan. 3, the volcano with its peak about 3,460 meters above sea level erupted again.
“The eruption was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 44 mm for approximately 3 minutes and 5 seconds,” said Natanail in Medan on Sunday.
The volcano has been thus far at Level III (Alert) status. Residents and farmers were restricted from carrying out any activities in villages that had been relocated or within a 3-kilometer radius of the mountain summit, a 5-km radius for the south-east sector, and a 4-km radius for the east-north sector.
People were also obliged to wear face masks during the ash rain in a bid to minimize the health impacts of volcanic ash, secure clean water facilities, and clear the roofs from thick ash to prevent collapse.
Those living near rivers heading up on Mount Sinabung were also urged to stay vigilant of possible lava avalanches caused by the eruption.