Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province erupted Sunday evening, gushing 4,000 meter-high cloud of ash and smoke into the air, an official said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).
“The eruption is sending hot clouds about 4,500 meters towards the south-east,” Nugroho said, adding that the local villagers living at the foot of the mountain have been told to evacuate, informs DPA.
According to Emergency Management Agency of Indonesia, rescuers prepare temporary accommodation for the displaced, reports TASS.
Previous volcanic eruption, which lasted almost six months, from September 2013, caused the deaths of 15 people. More than 30 thousand local residents were forced to flee their homes. There are still 14,382 local residents living in temporary shelters.
Sinabung is located in the north of the island of Sumatra, 60 km from the city of Medan. The height of the volcano above sea level is 2, 460 m. The first eruption for nearly 400 years occurred in 2010, followed by ash emissions were repeated in 2013 and early 2014.