Mount Sinabung has erupted repeatedly in recent days, pumping hot gas clouds up to 3km into the sky. The volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island spewed hot smoke and ash high into the air on Wednesday (Apr 12), in its latest violent eruptions. The mountain has been erupting constantly since 2013 and has a seven-kilometre exclusion zone around it.
Villagers are continuing their precarious existences despite the eruptions, putting on masks to go shopping as ash falls from the sky, and tending to their crops. Over 2,000 families have been evacuated from around the rumbling volcano in recent years, and many will soon be relocated to new villages after lengthy stays in temporary shelters. In May last year, seven people were killed in one of Sinabung’s eruptions, while in February 2014 an eruption left 16 people dead.
Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position on the “Ring of Fire”, a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.