Mount Sinabung alert has been on the highest level since June 2015. (Photo courtesy by BNPB)

Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra Erupts Again


DECEMBER 27, 2017

Jakarta. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted again on Wednesday (27/12), spewing volcanic ash up to 4,600 meters into the sky, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, said.

No casualties have been reported.

The volcano alert has been on the highest level since June 2015.

A rain of volcanic ash fell on several villages on the eastern slope of the mountain, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said in a statement.

"Thank God, no fatalities have been reported," Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe over the phone.

An evacuation zone around the volcano has been expanded to a seven-kilometer radius.

"Residents who live near the rivers upstream from Sinabung must be watchful for lava," Sutopo said, warning that riverbeds may unable to accommodate the flow.

The recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung have affected 3,331 houses, making then unfit for habitation.

According to BNPB data, 370 households in Bekerah, Simacem and Sukameriah villages have already been relocated, and the rest will be moved by the end of the year.