Video: volcanic eruption covers Indonesia villages in ash



Volcanic eruption in Indonesia has coloured the villages around black.

The volcanic eruption in Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung spewed a column of ash and smoke approximately 5 000 metres into the sky on Monday, 10 August 2020.

This is the second eruption in three days that has put local communities into darkness.

A thick layer of ash and debris settled on surrounding areas.

It’s been four years since Sinabung had it’s largest and most deadly volcanic eruptions. Seven people lost their lives. According to reports, Sinabung has been rumbling since 2010.

Following the first eruptions last week, the villagers were advised to stay at least three miles (1.86km) away from the crater’s mouth. In addition, residents have also been warned of the dangers of flowing lava.

No reports of injuries or deaths have been recorded so far.

Armen Putera, a local official at Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre, said that everyone should avoid red-zone areas.

Rencana Sitepu, the head of Namanteran village nearby, said that the eruption was “like magic”. The village’s crops were destroyed by the fallout following the eruption.

“It was like magic; when the ash came it went from being very bright to dark as night. The village went dark for about 20 minutes.”