Mount Sinabung billowed ash cloud three miles high and ‘annihilated’ the mountain’s summit – with a massive chunk now missing from the peak in Indonesia.
Volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana said the chunk, which is known as the ‘lava dome’, had a volume of at least 56.5 million cubic feet (1.6 million cubic meters). The Mount Sinabung volcano, situated on the island of Sumatra, has reportedly been active since 2010 and was finally erupted explosively on Monday morning.
According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, luckily, no one was killed or injured because of the effect of the eruption.
As per the report, hot ash rolled down its slopes and ended up as far as 4.9km from the crater. Mount Sinabung was dormant for 400 years before exploding in 2010. The first of four eruptions was befallen in the last eight years.
Massive Ash Cloud Billows Three Miles Into The Sky as Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts in Indonesia
In 2010's volcano eruption, two people died and in 2014's eruption 16 were killed. Seven were killed in a 2016 volcano eruption. In recent years, more than 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in the area around the mountain.
There are about 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia and one among three are currently erupting.