Indonesian Volcano Sinabung Erupts after Four Centuries
Will the Indonesian affected by the recent eruption of Mount Sinabung will be as “inventive” as the Icelanders after the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull? If you remember, Icelandic store NordicStore made a big profit selling ash straight from the Iceland volcano eruption, dried, filtered and packed in 15cl (US. 5 fl oz) glass jars.
Over 30,000 people living along Mount Sinabung’s fertile slopes were forced to evacuate Sunday and Monday, after the volcano’s eruption on August 29, 2010. Many of them are still in emergency shelters in nearby towns, but some returned to their homes, to attend to their crops.
The Indonesian volcano was quiet for four centuries before erupting the first time. A new alert was issued several hours before Friday’s blast. The tremor of the new eruption was felt eight kilometers away, and the volcano’s new burst of hot ash was more than three kilometers in the air. In Indonesia the volcano is assigned category “B”, which means it is not necessary for it to be monitored intensively.
Unlike Eyjafjallajökull, the eruption of the Indonesian volcano did not affect international air travel. Indonesians are used to volcanic activity, since most of the geography of the country is dominated by volcanoes. In 1883, Krakatau erupted so violently so violent that it was heard 3,500 km away in Perth, Western Australia and the island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, 4,800 km away. Currently, the most active volcanoes are Kelut and Merapi on Java island.
Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano of andesite and dacite in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency. The last known eruption, before recent times, occurred in 1600. With the 2010 eruption, Sinabung joins other, long inactive volcanoes such as Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska which have erupted in recent years.