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Mount Sinabung Erupts

Quinn Reinhardt

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On February 19, there was a volcanic eruption in Indonesia.  Mount Sinabung, on one of Indonesia’s largest islands called Sumatra, spewed a massive series of columns consisting of ash, debris, and rock.  These columns were shot up 16,400 feet into the atmosphere, forming thick and dense clouds in the atmosphere.  Sadly, Indonesia, among many other countries, is predisposed to volcanic activity.


Indonesia is located on the Ring of Fire, a region consisting of the majority of the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  The Ring of Fire has its name because the area is prone to volcanic events, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  If it weren’t for the multitude of tectonic plate boundaries lying below the surface, the area would not be so susceptible to the natural disasters related to the boundaries.  


In the past, Indonesia has been affected by many natural disasters.  Three of the most prominent and destructive of these have been earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.  One earthquake that took place in 2010 had a strength of 7.7 on the Richter Scale and resulted in 435 casualties.  A tsunami in 2004 resulted in over 167,000 casualties.  One volcanic eruption in 1963 resulted in 1,148 casualties.  Indonesia is accustomed to tragic disasters and emergencies, but they are hard to predict and prepare for effectively.


Fortunately, the Mount Sinabung eruption did not result in any casualties or injuries.  Airplanes were warned about the clouds that formed as a result of the eruption, as the clouds pose a threat.  Although the locals managed to evacuate their villages safely, many people were very scared by the eruption.

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Mount Sinabung Erupts