A large eruption occurred at Mount Sinabung (North Sumatra province) on Saturday, August 8, at approximately 01:58 (local time). An ash column of 2km (1mi) was released during the eruption, and ashfalls were reported in the Berastagi, Dolat Rayat, Merdeka, and Nama Teran districts. No casualties were reported following the eruption and, although residents are clearing fallen ash from affected houses and fields, none have been displaced. Emergency services have been deployed to assist in clearing fallen ash and distributing face masks. Authorities continue to advise residents and travelers from approaching within 3km (2mi) of the volcano's summit.
Further eruptions are possible in the coming days and weeks and flight disruptions cannot be ruled out in the event of a larger eruption.
Indonesia lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is frequently affected by volcanic eruptions. Mount Sinabung was dormant for 400 years before resuming activity in 2010. Since then, the volcano's eruptions have killed at least 25 people. In May 2016, seven people were killed in a nearby village after they ignored evacuation orders. Similar eruptions in 2014 killed 16.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders).
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