Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Sumatra volcano eruption: Journalist, students found among the dead

See also

Mount Sinabung, a volcano in western Sumatra, spewed its biggest eruption in recent months Saturday, killing at least 16 people. Another charred corpse was located on Sunday, and a rescued college student died in the hospital. The Indonesian volcano had been rumbling with steam, ash, and small eruptions for four months, reports the Christian Science Monitor on Monday, Feb. 3.

Authorities had evacuated the area, moving some 30,000 people into emergency shelters in tents and public buildings, but the people involved, many of whom had farm and livestock to care for, needed to go home. So on Friday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency allowed almost half of the local residents to go home.

The next day disaster struck, with huge blasts and thundering eruptions and thick coats of hpt, suffocating volcanic ash. Rescue efforts found fourteen bodies at first, including a teacher And four high school students who had come to the area to see the eruptions up closer. Other victims included a television journalist.

The Sumatra volcanic eruption is part of an ongoing world-wide situation. It has erupted sporadically since last September. The Indonesian mountain belongs to the arc of active volcanoes called the “Ring of Fire,” which includes Mt. St. Helens and other volcanoes on the west coast of the United States.

Advertisement

News

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
    Video
    Video
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
    Politics
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
    Gaza
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
    Space
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here
    Comic-Con