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KARO, Indonesia (AP) - A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky let out a new, powerful burst Tuesday, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers, officials said.
Nine eruptions Tuesday sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province, said Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The volcano started spitting clouds of gas and lava as high as 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) in the air late Monday, but no casualties were reported.
He said more than 19,000 people have been evacuated from villages in a danger zone 5 kilometers (3 miles) around the crater to temporary shelters since authorities raised the alert status for Sinabung to the highest level in November.
Gray ash covered villages, farms and trees as far as 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of the mountain.
The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) Mount Sinabung has sporadically erupted since September. An eruption in 2010 killed two people and caught scientists off guard because the volcano had been quiet for four centuries.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said airlines had been notified to avoid routes near the mountain.
Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Home Depot has some new heat resistant plastic gutters that will allow to divert the lave. Geesh it will take direct sunlight so some molten lava is not nearly as hot as the sun.
LOL...are you that stupid?
If there never was any volcanic eruptions or earth quakes on this planet; I don't believe any of us would be around today talking about what's happeneing
Indonesia's over 130 active volcanoes within the Pacific "Ring of Fire" is just a part of our planet's ocean warming oven that could be melting the ice glaciers. There are volcanoes from Alaska all the way south and some are even under water. That's why I have issues with humans being blamed solely for global warming. Our planet is a pressure cooker that lets off a lot of steam on its own without the help of any humans.
Then you don't know much about global warming, otherwise you would also know that the current rise in CO2 has reached levels that have no comparison in nature for at least 600,000 years. But maybe you believe that CO2 has no effect on climate.
Volcanic erruptions is nothing new in Indonesia. I was in indonesia in the Island of Java. There was volcanic erruption at that time. It was like driving through fog when we were going to the office. The windshield had to be wiped by windshield wiper while driving.
Time to go before the flow....just remember Pompi in Italy's Mt Etna.
I read yesterday that Mount Etna was active. What the freak is going on? (feeling nervous).
I feel bad for people who live there and I'm sorry to here that. May God Bless You all
Yea, my heart goes out to these people too. At least they were able to get out alive.
Yellowstone is way past due.
25,000 years. Calm down.
Definitely! A supervolcano just waiting to remind us just how fragile we are.
Yellowstone might be next. We all might as well kiss our butts goodbye then!
400 years is just time enough for a volcano to take a deep breath...
That's about right, I agree. Time means nothing to a volcano.
There truly is no time, its man made...there are only cycles.