Volcano erupts on Indonesian Sumatra island

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017

Indonesia is home to around 130 active volcanoes

A volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island spewed hot smoke and ash high into the air Wednesday, in its latest violent eruptions, Agence France-Presse reported.

Mount Sinabung has erupted repeatedly in recent days, pumping hot gas clouds up to three kilometres (1.8 miles) into the sky, the local disaster agency said, according to AFP.

AFP added that the clouds of smoke shrouded the sky above a school in North Sumatra province but children continued to play outside in the yard in the shadow of the volcano.

Local authorities insist the school is safe as it is outside a seven-kilometre (four-mile) restricted area around the volcano, which has been erupting almost continuously since 2013, AFP added.

Villagers also continue their precarious existences despite the eruptions, putting on masks to go shopping as ash falls from the sky, and tending to their crops, AFP explained.

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, AFP indicated.

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