Volcanoes erupt in Indonesia

Two volcanoes erupted in Indonesia on 18/11/2013, Monday. The 2,475m high Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province unleashes volcanic ash as high as 8,000m, while the 2,911m high Mount Merapi  in Central Java, spews volcanic ash about 2,000m into the sky, causing ash to fall in several towns according to the Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Centre. Thousands have been evacuated near Mount Sinabung and Merapi and eruptions are prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations.

Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” between the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Violent eruptions in Mount Merapi killed more than 350 people in 2010 and also destroyed entire villages and in August 2013 five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted.