MEDAN, Indonesia – A noisy mountain in Indonesia erupted on Monday, sending a column of volcanic material up to 16,400 meters into the sky and depositing ash in villages.
It is the second eruption since Saturday after the volcano went dormant for more than a year.
Falling fire and ash accumulate up to 2 inches in villages already abandoned on the volcano slopes, said Armen Putra, an official at the Sinabung monitoring post on Sumatra Island.
“The sound was like thunder, it lasted for less than 30 seconds,” resident Fachrur Rozi Pasi told Reuters by telephone.
Farther into Berastagi, a tourist destination town in North Sumatra province, about 12.4 miles from the crater, drivers turned on their headlights during the day to see through the ashes.
Videos and photos on social media showed people wearing masks while out.
There were no casualties or injuries from the blast, said the Center for Volcanology and Geological Mitigation of Geological Hazards in Indonesia.
Villagers are advised to stay 3.1 miles from the crater mouth and should be aware of the danger of lava, the agency said. Air travel has so far not been affected by the ash, the Ministry of Transport said.
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About 30,000 people have been forced to flee their homes around Sinabung in recent years.
The volcano, one of two currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before erupting in 2010, killing two people. Another blast in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 blast.
Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic disturbances due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines surrounding the Pacific basin.
Reuters contributed to this report.