Volcano erupts in Indonesia
Posted on Jun 30 2014 | IANS
Jakarta, June 30 : One of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Sinabung, has erupted with a powerful burst of hot ash, a media report said Monday.
According to officials, the eruption occurred late Sunday with 4,000 metre high column of ash spewed to the sky, Xinhua reported.
Mount Sinabung located in Sumatra had erupted intermittently from September to February after being dormant for 400 years, left 15 people dead and more than 30,000 displaced.
"Until now, the number of evacuees have escalated to 14,382," an official said.
Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The Pacific Ring of Fire is an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean which is associated with a continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts. It has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75 percent of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.