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Volcano erupts with 1,000-meter tall column of ash in Indonesia

Jakarta, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- A volcano in western Indonesia on Sunday spewed out a cloud of ash and smoke about 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) high, the country’s volcanology agency said.

Authorities have thrown a security ring within a 5-km radius from the Sinabung mount in the wake of the magmatic eruption of the volcano, located in the north of Sumatra, one of the largest islands in the Indonesian archipelago.

The Sinabung volcano emitted several avalanches of smoke in the past weeks, reaching residential areas 20 km away from the crater’s mouth.

Authorities have advised residents to stay from the prohibited area and be aware of the dangers of lava coming out of the volcano, the agency said.

There were apprehensions that air travel would be impacted by the ash. But the authorities had not sounded any alert until Sunday evening.

The 2,460-meter volcano was dormant for about four centuries before it started exploding in 2010.

The intermittent eruptions of the rumbling volcano and one of the most active in the country, caused 16 deaths in 2014 and seven in 2016, despite never having exceeded grade 3 (on a scale of 8) on the volcanic explosivity index.

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

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