Major eruption at Mount Sinabung, ash to 15 km a.s.l., Indonesia

– April 06, 2018

A major eruption took place at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia around 09:00 UTC on April 6, 2018 shooting ash up to 15 km (50 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. This is the second major eruption of this volcano within 2 months.

The eruption produced numerous pyroclastic flows, reaching 3.5 km (2 miles) to the east and southeast.

The Darwin VAAC reported two columns of volcanic ash. The first to 15 km (50 000 feet) moving NNE, and the second to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) moving SW.

Today’s eruption is comparable to a high impact eruption of February 19, 2018. At the time pyroclastic flows traveled 3.5 km (2.1 miles) and 4.9 km (3 miles) from the summit and ash plume reached an altitude of 16.7 km (55 000 feet) above sea level.

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