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Thousands flee

Indonesian volcano erupts for first time
in 400 years



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29 Aug 10 - (Excerpts) - At least two people died and thousands were evacuated Sunday after a volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400 years, shooting black smoke and ash as high as 1,500 metres into the sky.

Mount Sinabung northwest of Jakarta thundered to life shortly after midnight, spewing lava and other volcanic materials. Local media reported volcanic dust reached as far as the provincial capital of Medan.

More than 18,000 residents living in the danger areas were evacuated by Sunday afternoon, said Tarigan, an official from the local disaster management centre.  

The Directorate of Vulcanology said Sinabung's eruption was the first recorded since 1600.

Indonesia has the highest density of volcanoes in the world with about 500 in the 'Belt of Fire' in the 5,000-km-long archipelago nation. Nearly 130 are active and 68 are listed as dangerous.

See entire article:
Thanks to Tom Loher,
Bill Sellers, Erwin Chvojan and Vern Peterman for this link

"What's happening?" says Bill. "Third volcano in Sumatra."

See also:

Could Sinabung eruption be start of more?
30 Aug 10 - Indonesian volcano lies only 30 km from Toba."My hunch is that this explosion might be the start of more," says geologist Dr. Erik Klemetti, who "spends most of his professional time thinking about magma."
Could Sinabung eruption be start of more?





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