Cloud of Destruction: Mount Sinabung Erupts

By Tom Hall - 2014-01-07T06:33:48Z

Photograph by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

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Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) has reported the evacuation of 22,000 inhabitants located within a seven kilometer danger zone southeast of Mount Sinabung in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, due to the risk of pyroclastic flows and hot gasses from the active volcano.

Mount Sinabung, which has erupted over a hundred times between Jan. 4 through the morning of Jan. 5 is spewing out a 4,000-meter high column of ash damaging property and crops and poisoning animals over a wide radius.

The volcano had lain dormant for nearly 400 years prior to an eruption in 2010. Thirty thousand people were displaced as a result of said eruption. BNPB has placed three more of Indonesia's 127 active volcanoes on high alert for possible eruptions.

Left: A woman carries her daughter as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.on Jan. 4, 2014.