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Look: Dangerous New Eruption at Sumatra's Sinabung Volcano

Officials worry the intensity of eruptions may be increasing at the fiery mountain
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Superheated ash and gas flowing down the slopes of Indonesia's Sinabung volcano signals the intensity of eruptions may be increasing at the fiery mountain, according to local officials.

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More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from towns and villages in North Sumatra's Karo Regency since Mount Sinabung awoke in October after a three-year dormancy. Karo is an agricultural region that supplies vegetables for surrounding islands. The evacuation and devastating ash fall have affected crop harvests, leading to higher prices on vegetables and chilies elsewhere in Indonesia, according to the Jakarta Post.

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation warned people not to approach within 2 miles of Mount Sinabung.

On Monday (Nov. 11), a pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving avalanche of ash, lava fragments and air, was seen racing down the peak. Since then, the volcano has blasted out one to two ash explosions every day. Lava has flowed more than 3,200 feet from the top of the volcano. [Watch Mount Sinabung erupt.]

Indonesia lies in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an area of crustal collision zones that is the cause of a great number of earthquakes and volcanoes. The island nation has more than 130 active volcanoes. The world's most deadly volcanic eruption in recent years was at its Mount Merapi in 2010, which killed more than 350 people.

Email Becky Oskin or follow her @beckyoskin. Follow us @OAPlanet, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet.

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zys1812h

Who is Obama?

November 16 2013 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alterlansing

What a photograph! The composition is great! Is there any Photo Shop involved? Study it.

November 16 2013 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
agedog1

When did this happen, I can't find a date or time.

November 16 2013 at 8:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

"vegetables and chilies"? Huh?

November 16 2013 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
agoraemk

This and other recent volcanic eruptions plus unusually weak Sunspot activity will likely mean that the leveling off of temperature increase over the past 17 years will continue. This will cause the climate change alarmists to have conniptions since it would put this flat temperature anomaly outside even their overly generous error factor range. It will then be hard to go around urging the immediate covering of the world with thousands of nuclear power plants, which is the latest idiocy of some of the top climate scientists like Jim Hansen, the granddad of the whole movement.

November 16 2013 at 4:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
harrymorgan124

Exactly right kskclk

November 16 2013 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
harrymorgan124

Notice the sock puppets made it in to make fun of this tragedy. These people need a break from these never ending tragedies. Notice the corporate thieves are right on the job price gouging food as soon as these tragedies take place.

November 16 2013 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rsquabitx

Just hope the Philippines are not down wind of the ash. It's not that far away and that grit can travel for thousands of miles when it gets in the upper atmosphere. We know they don't need anything else to worry about.

November 15 2013 at 10:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jbhtonto

So, now we'll have to send some more borrowed billions to Sumatra. My heart goes out to these people, but hey, folks, WE'RE BROKE!

November 15 2013 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Somebody needs to tell that volcano to stop emitting so many greenhouse gasses or Obama will try to tax it!

November 15 2013 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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