Thursday 21 September 2017

Locals preparing for evacuations after two Indonesian volcanoes erupt

Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from Tigapancur village in Karo district in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from Tigapancur village in Karo district in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from Berastagi village in Karo district in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Villagers watching cold lava flow from mount Sinabung in Gamber village in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia
A villager watches Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials as it erupts in Tepu Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia
A view of mount Sinabung spewing smoke is seen from Tiga Pancur village in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia
Mount Sinabung, seen through an opening in the clouds, spews volcanic smoke, in the view from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Two volcanoes have erupted in Indonesia, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations.

State volcanologists said Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province unleashed volcanic ash as high as 26,246 feet, the highest of its eruptions in recent days.

The 8,530ft peak has sporadically erupted since September after being dormant for three years.

The transportation ministry has issued a notice for all airlines to avoid routes around the mountain.

Hours earlier, Mount Merapi - Indonesia's most volatile volcano in Central Java - spewed volcanic ash around 6,500 feet into the sky, causing ash to fall in several towns.

National Disaster Management officials said about 600 families have been gathered for possible evacuation.

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