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Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano emits 5,000m smoke column

Jakarta, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The Sinabung volcano, one of Indonesia’s most active, emitted a huge column of ash and smoke Tuesday that reached 5,000 meters in height, the country’s volcanology agency reported.

Authorities established a security perimeter of up to 5 kilometers as a precautionary measure due to the danger of an eruption in northern Sumatra, one of the archipelago’s largest islands.

The volcanology agency’s social media photos and footage show a huge column of very clear ash against a blue sky.

The agency ruled out in a statement that there are “indications of an increase in the potential threat of danger” due to the activity of the volcano.

“The ejected ash could reach a greater distance depending on the direction and speed of the wind,” the agency said after the latest eruption.

Intermittent eruptions of the Sinabung, which measures 2,460 meters, has shown uninterrupted activity since 2013, causing 16 deaths in 2014 and seven in 2016, although they have never exceeded Grade 3 (on a scale of eight) on the Volcanic Explosivity Index.

The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ??great seismic activity with 127 active volcanoes and which experiences thousands of tremors a year, most of them of small magnitude. EFE-EPA

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