Volcanic winter in Sumatra after Sinabung eruption (13 pictures)

The volcano Sinabung in north Sumatra erupted twice on Sunday, spewing a 7km column of hot ash and rocks high into the air and forcing the evacuation of villagers living around its slopes. Since then, the volcano has blasted out one to two ash explosions every day.

This eruption prompted an evacuation of 1,500 people living within 3 km of the volcano. Until August, 2010, Mount Sinabung had been inactive for 400 years.

Part of the pacific “ring of fire,” Indonesia has 127 active volcanoes as a result of complex subduction of the indo-australia and eurasiatectonic plates

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