Indonesia volcano erupts, airlines warned from flying over area

Mount Sinabung volcano spews lava and ash during an eruption as seen from Tiga Serangkai village. (File Photo: Reuters)

The Mount Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island erupted on Monday causing clouds of ash to reach heights of 5,000 kilometers prompting Indonesia to raise aviation warnings.

The volcano, which is 2,460 meters high, has been erupting sporadically since late 2013, forcing thousands of people to leave.

The warning level of Sinabung volcano remains at its highest level since June 2015.

Airlines have been issued a ‘red notice’, barring them from flying over parts of Indonesia because of the eruption.

According to South China Morning Post there were no fatalities or injuries from Monday morning’s eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

Indonesia is known for its volcanic eruptions as it is located in the Pacific Ring of fire and currently has around 130 active volcanoes.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56