Early morning in the island North Sumatra, Indonesia today, The Mount Sinabung Volcano or Gunung Sinabung erupted for the very first time after four centuries. More than 12,000 people from 14 different villages immediately evacuated their homes and headed to shelter in temporary relief camps established by the Indonesian authorities. The angry volcano spewed and lava was flowing from the center of the crater at a relatively quick pace.
The volcano situated in the Karo Plateau and has been considered dead since the 1600s. But after Mount Sinabung showed the first signs of activity, the government of Indonesia coordinated an immediate evacuation to ensure the safety of more than 12,000 villagers. Unfortunately, authorities reported that four people are feared dead and another five people are badly injured.
”The last time the volcano erupted was back in 1600,” Priyadi Kardono, spokesman for the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency, said. ”Therefore we have limited data on what kind of eruption we can expect from it. We have a team now there to research and compile data of what type of volcanic eruption we might expect, should it erupt again.”
Indonesia is known for many volcanos. The country is situated on the ”ring of fire”, one of the world’s more tectonically active areas.