Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts sending spectacular ash column spiraling into atmosphere

Image capture of video via Mary Greeley's YouTube account
  • Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupted on Monday
  • Terrifying video shows huge ash clouds and plumes of smoke across the sky
  • Officials said there are no casualties yet but residents should watch out for lava

Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung erupted on Monday morning, sending a column of ash 5,000 meters high into the sky, the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation said in a statement.

“The eruption was followed by a series of 10 hot ash clouds, which traveled 4.9 kilometers southeast and 3.5 kilometers east-southeast,” the center said.

Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,900 km northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Agency, the eruption began on Monday morning, accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks.

“In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about 5 metres,” he said in a statement.  However, no casualties were reported.

Indonesia has around 130 active volcanoes that are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and it has suffered the highest numbers of eruptions resulting in fatalities, damage to arable land, debris flows, tsunamis, lava domes, and pyroclastic flows.

Watch the video below shared by Eyewitness News via YouTube:.