Indonesia Raises Aviation Warnings After Sumatra Volcano Emits Ash Cloud

Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again

Surya Jadi Sembiring filmed the moment ash filled the air after Mount Sinabung erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Monday about 9am local time.

The Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation issued a red alert.

"Planes are not allowed to fly too close to Mount Sinabung, it's too unsafe", Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said in a statement.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, there were no initial reports of injuries or fatalities.

The volcano has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016.

Volcanic ash spew from Mount Sinabung as it erupts, as seen from Kuta Tengah Village in Karo Regency, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, June 16, 2015.

The volcano is one of three now erupting in Indonesia.

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Cars are left covered in ash from the volcano.

"In some villages the visibility was barely five metres after the eruption - it was pitch black", Perangin-angin added.

Mount Sinabung during an earlier eruption in January.

Meanwhile, more than 400 flights were cancelled in November after Bali's main airport was closed amid warnings of a potential volcanic eruption at Mount Agung.

Sinabung is about 75 km (47 miles) southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan.

Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position in the highly active Ring of Fire - a belt of tectonic plate boundaries in the Pacific Ocean which is vulnerable to frequent seismic activity.

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