Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash into sky
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano sent a cloud of hot ash as high as 3 km on March 2, in its first big eruption since August last year.
Mount Sinabung’s activity has increased since August last year and the alert for the volcano in North Sumatra province has been placed at second highest level.
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