Saturday, May 8, 2021

Earth Signs:

Powerful eruption of Sinabung in Indonesia – Unusual 1500 foot-high lava fountains in Iceland – M6.0 earthquake off Macquarie Island

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 meters into the sky.

The volcano in North Sumatra province started belching ash and volcanic material at 9 am and the eruption lasted almost six minutes.

Authorities have instructed residents to avoid a five-kilometre radius around the crater, a zone that has been left unoccupied for years as volcanic activity increased.

Sinabung, a 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) volcano, was dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010 when an eruption killed two people. After another period of inactivity, it erupted again in 2013 and has remained highly active since.

Mount Sinabung is located on the seismically active zone known as the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. Sinabung has been erupting intermittently for years, with some 30,000 people displaced as a result.

Meanwhile, gigantic lava fountains of more than 460 m (1 500 feet) were observed at the Fagradalsfjall eruption site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.

The “unusually high magma jet” went beyond the perspective on the RUV webcam and has risen above 460 m (1 500 feet).

M6.0 earthquake hits off Macquarie Island

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 15:21:14 GMT on Friday, at a depth of 10.0 km. [DW]

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