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Sinabung Getting More Serious

Posted by feww on September 7, 2010

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Sinabung Erupts Again – Strongest Explosion to Date

The Sumatran volcano ejected black tephra 5km into the air on Tuesday — its most powerful eruption since reawakening.

The force of explosion was reportedly felt 8km away. The authorities have relocated more than 30,000 people living on the volcano’s slopes.


Mount Sinabung ejected tephra into the air as seen from Tanah Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Dedy Zulkifli). Image may be subject to copyright.

“There was a huge, thunderous sound. It sounded like hundreds of bombs going off at one,” an eyewitness said. “Then everything starting shaking. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

Ash from the latest Sinabung eruption reached villages 15 miles (25 kilometers) away from the volcano’s summit, a report said.

Krakatoa [Krakatau] Eruption 1883

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William Ashcroft painting “On the Banks of the River Thames” in London, November 26, 1883 [Exactly three months after Krakatoa’s cataclysmic 1883 eruption.]

The Krakatoa eruption affected the climate driving the weather patterns wild for the next 5 years. Average global temperatures fell by about 1.2 °C in the following years, returning to normal only in 1888.

The eruption ejected about 21 cubic kilometers of volcanic matter and completely destroyed two-thirds of the Krakatoa island.

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