Mount Sinabung, in western Indonesia, erupted on Sunday, blowing clouds of volcanic ash over the Indonesian countryside from a four-mile plume in the sky and causing the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, reports Inquisitr on Monday, Nov. 4. Since the evacuations are voluntary, many local residents of the nearby villages of Bekerah, Simacem, and Sukameriah remain in their homes, but more are expected to flee the smothering ash.
The government has set up temporary shelters and command posts, and it has raised the danger alert on the Indonesian volcano to “Level III: Ready.” The current round of eruptions seems to have come as a surprise, since Mount Sinabung had been inactive for three years. Before that, the volcano had remained inactive for more than 400 years. But Indonesia was not to be so lucky this round, as a burst of ash came in September, again on Oct. 24, and then twice on Nov. 3. At least 12 volcanic quakes came within a six hour period on Sunday.
The Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung is important to world volcano-watchers because it is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which contains more than 120 active volcanoes. Several of these are located in the United States.