Mt. Sinabung Erupts, Spewing Ashes Up to 4km

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatra, has erupted again on Saturday morning, May 20, and emitted volcanic materials up to 4 km high.

    National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that the eruption taking place at 06:46 in the morning is categorized as high intensity.

    In addition to spewing 4 km high of ashes, it caused vibrations with 120 mm amplitudes and volcanic earthquake in 343 seconds.

    Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) still announced the status of Mount Sinabung as Level IV or "Danger, the highest level" due to the high the potential of successive eruptions.

    PVMBG recommends that the local residents and visitors do not engage in any activities in 3-km radius from the summit of the mount. In addition, “red zone” or  entrance prohibition status was issued for a distance of 7 km for south-southeast sector, 6 km for southeast-east sector, and 4 km for north-east sector of Mount Sinabung.

    ANTARA