Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud

Mount Sinabung erupted on Monday morning, sending an ash cloud more than 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) towering into the atmosphere. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

The volcano erupted at 8:53 a.m. Monday WIB (8:53 p.m. Sunday EST) on Indonesia's island of Sumatra, according to the country's National Disaster Management Agency.

The volcanic ash fell on surrounding areas, turning the morning sky dark with visibility down to 5 meters (16 feet).

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Anak SD berteriak dan takut melihat dahsyatnya letusan Gunung Sinabung pagi tadi. Awan panas dengan suhu 600-800 de… https://t.co/gZanj1R0mD
Tebalnya hujan abu vulkanik dan lontaran batu-batu kecil saat erupsi Gunung Sinabung tak menyurutkan aparat untuk e… https://t.co/Gyre5j11AA
Gunung Sinabung meletus dengan tinggi kolom abu vulkanik 5 km dan disertai luncuran awan panas 3,5-4,9 km. Tidak ad… https://t.co/CwrzuNVWSN
A plume of think volcanic ash hangs in the air from Mount Sinabung volcano, taken from the city of Berastagi in North Sumatra on February 19, 2018. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has remained highly active since. / AFP PHOTO / Sugeng NURYONO (Photo credit should read SUGENG NURYONO/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian schoolchildren walk together at Sipandak elementary school in Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra on February 19, 2018, as thick volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises into the air following another eruption. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has remained highly active since. / AFP PHOTO / ANTO SEMBIRING (Photo credit should read ANTO SEMBIRING/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Indonesian schoolchildren walk together at Sipandak elementary school in Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra on February 19, 2018, as thick volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises into the air following another eruption. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has remained highly active since. / AFP PHOTO / ANTO SEMBIRING (Photo credit should read ANTO SEMBIRING/AFP/Getty Images)
Thick volcanic ash spews into the air from Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has remained highly active since. / AFP PHOTO / Endro RUSHARYANTO (Photo credit should read ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian man takes picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick volcanic ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has remained highly active since. / AFP PHOTO / Endro RUSHARYANTO (Photo credit should read ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. An Indonesian volcano erupted February 19, sending a massive column of ash and smoke some 5,000 metres (16,400 feet)into the air, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out face masks to residents. / AFP PHOTO / TIBTA PANGIN (Photo credit should read TIBTA PANGIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises to an approximate height of 5,000 meters during an eruption as seen from Brastagi town in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia February 19, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Tibta Peranginangin/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Volcanic ash covers clothes strung up on a line after Mount Sinabung erupted in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. An Indonesian volcano erupted February 19, sending a massive column of ash and smoke some 5,000 metres (16,400 feet)into the air, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out face masks to residents. / AFP PHOTO / LANA PRIATNA (Photo credit should read LANA PRIATNA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano covers a car and street following an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia February 19, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/ Surianto Sembiring / via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises to an approximate height of 5,000 meters during an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia February 19, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Maz Yons/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
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Residents and visitors are being encouraged to avoid the area immediately surrounding the volcano, including the 3-km (10,000-foot) radius from the peak.

The agency reports that an unsecured dam along the Laborus River and urge residents downstream to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Some residents, especially the elderly, have sought shelter away from the volcano while crews begin the task of cleaning up the volcanic ash.

The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre raised the alert level for aviation to red, warning airplanes to avoid the area surrounding Mount Sinabung.

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