Jakarta. Mount Sinabung, an active volcano in North Sumatra, erupted, spewing volcanic ash on Thursday (12/10) morning and raising the threat of a cold lava flood due to rainfall in the area, an official from National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, said.
The eruption occurred early Thursday morning and caused a volcanic cloud to rise as high as 2,000 meters, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said in a statement.
No casualties have been reported.
BNPB urged residents near the mountain, as well as tourists visiting the area, to stay 3-7 km away from the volcano.
"People who are staying and conducting activities near the Laborus River's natural dam must be watchful because the dam could break down [...] causing a lava flood," Sutopo said.