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Photo of Mount Sinabung spewing ash as it is pictured from Simpang Empat village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province.

Ash billows from Mount Sinabung on November 3.

Photograph by Roni Bintang, Reuters

Christine Dell'Amore

National Geographic

Published November 4, 2013

Mount Sinabung, a volcano in western Indonesia, erupted on November 3 for the third time in recent months, according to news reports.

The 8,530-foot-high (2,600-meter-high) mountain spewed ash up to 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) high, requiring the evacuation of villagers living around its base, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the volcano's status from caution to alert—the second-highest level—after the mountain rumbled back to life. (See pictures of Indonesia's active volcanoes.)


According to Reuters, the military helped evacuate 1,293 people from four villages near the volcano, which is located about 55 miles (88 kilometers) from the capital of the North Sumatra Province, Medan.

About 14,000 people evacuated in September when Mount Sinabung became active. The mountain is one of about 20 volcanoes currently erupting around the world, several of which are found in Indonesia.

The archipelago sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a series of fault lines that stretches from the Pacific coasts of the Americas through Japan and into Southeast Asia. (See "Deadly Java Quake Highlights 'Ring of Fire' Dangers.")

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Peter V.
Peter V.

Sinabung is on the edge of the Toba caldera. There have been some massive subduction earthquakes there recently. Given the likely effect of large plate movements on the magma below the region, one assumes Sinabung has the potential for a very large eruption, perhaps on the same scale as the Toba eruption 74,000 years ago. Could be interesting.

Ewald Lai
Ewald Lai

i am in indonesia and i am indonesian
but luckily i was in jakarta quite far from there

Landry Mbendeke
Landry Mbendeke

Volcanoes can be dangerous but it is also great for the purification of the air.I present my empathy towards all victims

Drew Hine
Drew Hine

It's best if we start to keep an eye on these Volcano's.

Wendianne Rook
Wendianne Rook

@Ewald Lai 


I want to meet someone in Indonesia who can put me in touch with herb growers. Please email me if you might be able to help me.

Thank you sooo much!

Xira Arien
Xira Arien

@Drew Hine 

Why? Not much we can do if one's about to erupt and destroy the earth.

We at least have a chance against an asteroid, but none against a volcano. 

I suppose we could dig it out with nukes or something to release pressure... <- my blog

Gustavo Sihombing
Gustavo Sihombing

@Wendianne Rook @Ewald Lai hi,,i am living in this under vulcano and my jobs is as a guide showing as herbals and also promitive medicine arround this vulcano and as you see my page fb or contact me on my email .  you re wellcome to joint me to learning together ok.. i get just 100 cures from local people here . much more 



Philippe Mathieu
Philippe Mathieu

@Xira Arien @Drew Hine 

I think Drew is right for one simple reason : to be prepared because in this region of the world, there is a ........... supervolcano ! 


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