Jakarta, 15th September, 2013 – The Mount Sinabung Volcano in Indonesian Sumatra erupted earlier today causing thousands of villagers on the island to flee as rocks and red hot ash are being flung into the air.
“More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from areas within a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius of the volcano, and they are all safe,” Asren Nasution, the head of North Sumatra disaster agency, told AFP.
The violent eruption occurred before dawn today.
This is the second eruption of the volcano in recent times, the previous one being in 2010.
Halls on the island that are normally used for traditional cultural ceremonies have now been converted into shelters for the islanders.