Mount Sinabung Erupts

By Andy Dong

Mount Sinabung, which is an active volcano located in Indonesia near the Pacific Ring of Fire, erupted on Monday, shooting out debris as high as 5km into the sky and falling on the villagers. 

The Monday eruption was the most recent one on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is made up of lots and lots of volcanoes. The Ring of Fire is where 75 percent of the world’s volcanoes are. Nearby, 90 percent of the world's earthquakes happen near Challenger Deep, also known as the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth. This is where the plates of the Earth move a lot so they will sometimes erupt. Fortunately, nobody died or got injured from the explosion. Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation* Center has warned people to stay 5km away from the volcano’s mouth. After the eruption there was a thickness of ash, and the ash fell near people’s homes so they had to turn on their car lights to see in the morning.

Air travel was not yet being impacted by all the ash. About 2000 people have left their homes around Sinabung. Mount Sinabung has erupted in the past in 2014, 2016, and 2018 after 400 years dormant.



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