» 09/16/2013, 00.00
Sumatra , thousands of people flee eruption of Sinabung volcano
Nearly 6 thousand inhabitants forced to flee their homes . Authorities evacuate villages within a radius of three kilometers from the volcano . Yesterday morning the main eruption shot ash and lava blocking the main airport in the area. Fears of new eruptions in the coming hours.
Jakarta (AsiaNews ) - Almost 6
thousand displaced people are fleeing the eruption of the volcano Sinabung , in
Karo , North Sumatra Province , Indonesia. According
to the authorities - who maintain maximum alert and are monitoring the
evolution of the situation - the number is expected to increase exponentially
in the coming hours . Mount
Sinabung is 2,400 meters high and in the summer of 2010 had already resumed activity
after being dormant for centuries ( the last episode dated back to 1600) ,
causing over 12 thousand displaced persons and a thick blanket of smoke and fog.
Yesterday morning, at dawn, the
volcano began to erupt violently tossing rocks , lava and ash , which affected
the surrounding villages . Thousands
fled their homes for safety in secure areas. At
first the number of refugees was 3,710 , but according to estimates provided by
the authorities today the number is already approaching 5,956 and seems likely
the experts there may be other eruptions after the main one yesterday, no less
dangerous in scope. The
displaced people are from six different villages, which are located within
three kilometers from the summit of the volcano . They
are Simacem , Bekerah , Sukameriah , Sukanalu Teran , Sigarang - Garang , and
Mardinding and are located in the Namanteran sub -district.
have set up an emergency center providing food, drinks , blankets and basic
necessities to be distributed to the displaced. Because
of ash and lava spills, there are no direct flights to the main airport in
North Sumatra , Kualanamu , with flights being diverted to other safer airports.
Many flights have
also been canceled.
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by the Pacific Ocean, in an area known by scientists as the "Ring of
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caused by the collision of several continental plates. Memories of the
devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the region in December
2004 are still alive in peoples minds, with an epicenter off the coast of Aceh,
causing hundreds of thousands of victims throughout Asia. On 30 October 2009,
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