The pyroclastic flows from Sinabung volcano
(Sumatra Island, Indonesia)

September 15, 2013, the Indonesian volcanology Institute, (VSI), increases the Sinabung volcano alert levels. Violent explosions generate very quickly significant ash plumes causing the beginning of the evacuation of the residents living at the foot of the volcano. At the end of December, a thick lava dome appears. Rich in gas magma collapse generate rapidly pyroclastic flows. These avalanches of high temperatures ash and blocks are moving at a very high speed and destroy everything in their path. The impact of ashes destroy the vegetation and crops and push in early January the authorities to intensify the evacutation of inhabitants.


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