Volcano Mount Sinabung  erupts in Indonesia

09:31 • 20.02.18



A volcanic eruption in Indonesia has sent colossal clouds of ash shooting five kilometres into the sky, and forced airlines to issue a 'red notice' as thousands of locals flee from searing gas.


Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra spewed huge plums of smoke after it erupted on Wednesday afternoon. Locals could only watch on as the smoke engulfed the sky. 

 

Airlines have been issued a 'red notice', barring them from flying over parts of Indonesia because of the eruption, the Daily Mail reports.

 

A red notice is issued when ash is in the atmosphere, and aircraft are not permitted to be in the airspace.

 

A Jetstar spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the eruption has not affected any of their flights. A Qantas spokeswoman said none of their flights had been affected either.

National disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said a plume of thick ash was sent five kilometres into the sky.

He said there were no casualties as a result of the eruption.


Incredible video footage showed the North Sumatra volcano erupting which caused dangerous ash rain to fall. 


Indonesian officials said there are no casualties yet but residents nearby should watch out for lava.

 

The mountain which usually stands against a picturesque scene, has been at its highest alert level after its first eruption four years ago. 






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