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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted into a dramatic plume of ash, rising several miles in the sky and posing health risks to nearby residents, according to Indonesian authorities.
The volcano, located on Sumatra Island, erupted on Saturday and again on Monday, “emitting a stormy noise and turning the sky dark,” Reuters reports.
An island official told the Associated Press that ash and gravel had accumulated up to two inches thick in some abandoned villages near the volcano.
Mount Sinabug was dormant for 400 years before reawakening a decade ago. Since then, it has erupted many times, sometimes with deadly results. Many villagers have been displaced forever.
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No casualties or damage were reported as a result of the recent blast, the AP writes.
Local observers have warned that ash plumes could disrupt aviation in the immediate area of the volcano.
Indonesia, together seismically active “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, is home to more than 100 active volcanoes.