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Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013
The 2,475 m (8,120 ft) high Mount Sinabung erupted for the third time in as many months on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, early Sunday, unleashing a column of ash up to 7,000 m to the sky. Authorities recommended evacuation of people living in the evacuation zone of 3 km from the crater.
About 14,000 people were forced to evacuate when the volcano showed signs of activity in September. Sinabung is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the world’s fourth-most populated country, which straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire”.
Authorities were working to evacuate residents from four North Sumatra province villages located within the mountain’s three-kilometer (two-mile) danger zone.About 1,300 villagers have been relocated to safer areas so far.
It was the volcano’s second big eruption since late last month, with its Oct. 24 explosion prompting the evacuation of more than 3,300 people. In September, more than 15,000 people were forced to flee when Mount Sinabung rumbled to life after being dormant for three years.
The most deadly volcanic eruption in recent years was of Mount Merapi, near the densely populated city of Yogyakarta in central Java, which erupted in late 2010, killing more than 350 people.