LAST_UPDATEThu, 21 Jun 2018 10pm

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Erupts, Spewing Ash 2km Into Sky

Pic: Jakarta PostPic: Jakarta Post

JAKARTA: Volcanic Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, Indonesia erupted on Thursday, spewing a column of ash 2km into the sky, the Xinhua news agency reported a disaster agency senior official as saying.

The eruption, which took place at 2.45am Jakarta time, was followed by tremors and ash scattering 2km to the east and southeast, and 1.5km to the south of the crater, said national disaster management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

"But the eruption did not cause any casualty," he told Xinhua in a text message.

Officials and residents near Mount Sinabung have been on high alert since July 2, 2015 when a no-go zone of 7km to the south, southeast and east of the crater, was set up when the volcano began to show signs of activity.

Mount Sinabung is one of Indonesia's 129 active volcanoes.

- Bernama