Jakarta, Indonesia – For the first time in over 400 years the once silent volcano, Mount Sinabung erupts.
In the northwestern province of Sumatra, 12,000 people had to flee their homes as the volcano launched debris with only a short warning. One death has been reported, a 54 y-o man. The Indonesian government indicated that the days leading up to Sunday’s eruption had some minor tremors or rumbling.
Sand and ash was spread over the slopes causing minimal damage and lava movement was limited to the crater area. It is uncertain though, if the volcano is expected to do as there is no real data on Mount Sinabung’s pattern’s of activity.
The Indonesian government has evacuated a 3.7 mile radius around the volcano. All evacuees are currently taking shelter in churches and official buildings.
Is this Ring of Fire volcano one of many more sleeping volcanoes to awaken? While volcanoes are hard to predict as to when they will erupt, Indonesian volcanoes have caused significant problems in the past.
Other notable volcanic events have occurred in this region, such as Krakatau, Mount Tambora, and Toba.
Krakatau violently erupted in 1883. The resulting series of eruptions that occurred over the next few days sank a majority of the islands land into the sea and 36,000 people ended up losing their lives to this event.
The eruption of Mount Tambora started in 1812 with smaller events similar to the events of Mount Sinabung. The Mount Tambora eruption climaxed in 1815 and an estimated 82,000 total died in the events. The following year’s climate was affected with global cooling.
It is predicted, that about 74,000 years ago, Toba experienced a super-volcanic eruption creating the current lake, Lake Toba, sent the world into a cold or winter like state for years.
It’s hard to know if Mount Sinabung will be the next super volcano to build up extreme magmatic pressures creating another cataclysmic event. But this Ring of Fire volcano definitely deserves our attention and respect.
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