Govt Warns of Flash Flooding on Mount Sinabung

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  • Villagers gather in front of a house as they watch Mount Sinabung releasing a pyroclastic flow during its eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Aug. 2, 2017. The volcano blasted volcanic ash as high as 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles), one of its biggest eruptions in the past several months of high activity. AP

    Villagers gather in front of a house as they watch Mount Sinabung releasing a pyroclastic flow during its eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Aug. 2, 2017. The volcano blasted volcanic ash as high as 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles), one of its biggest eruptions in the past several months of high activity. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government has warned people around Mount Sinabung against having activities in the red zone i.e. around 3 kilometers of the volcano. Residents of Laborus River are also expected to remain vigilant for potential flash flooding due to lava.

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's official website recommends that the red zone is around 3 kilometers from the summit or 7 kilometers to south-southeast, 6 kilometers to southeast-east and 4 kilometers to east-north.

    Read: Mount Sinabung Erupts 4 Times since Midnight

    Mounth Sinabung, situated 2460 m above sea level, has its status upgraded to Level IV (Caution) since Wednesday. A 200-m white smoke rising from the crater was seen yesterday, August 3.

    Mount Sinabung has erupted 11 times, spewing heavy ash of 4.000 meters above the summit and blown over by strong winds to the southeast and the east. 

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