Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo | Archipelago |
Sun, September 15 2013, 7:04 PM ( Local time)
Thousands of residents living in 11 villages in Karo regency, North Sumatra, fled to traditional meeting halls or jambur and houses of worship after Mount Sinabung erupted early on Sunday.
As of 1 p.m. local time, waves of people continued to flock to several jambur and houses of worship. Some were evacuated by local authorities in military and police trucks, while the remainder fled on their own initiative.
Ipon Ginting along with his family of six, who live only about 1 kilometer from the volcano, left their home as they were worried about the possible impact of the eruption. (continued below photo)
Smoke and Ash Spew from Mt. Sinaburg
Photo source: Fox News
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s head of volcanology and geological disaster mitigation, M.Hendrasto, said Mt. Sinabung’s status had been increased to alert (level 3) from caution (level 2) due to the increase in activity.
“There is the potential that Sinabung will erupt again, so we are asking locals to remain alert,” Hendrasto said, adding that it could not be predicted when the volcano might erupt again.
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