Sinabung update: evacuees returning to their homes 31 August 2010Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Indonesia, Sinabung.
There have been no reports of further eruptive activity at Mount Sinabung in Sumatra following the eruptions of 29 and 30 August. Many of the 30,000 villagers evacuated from the environs of the volcano have been returning to their homes despite warnings from Indonesian volcanologists that it is too early to say that the situation is safe: ‘Our instruments have recorded continuous tremors in the volcano, which means that there is magma pushing upward’, says government volcanologist Agus Budianto, ‘We think there’s still a possibility that it will erupt again’. Ashfall from Sinabung has damaged crops, threatening the livelihoods of local farmers.
Meanwhile there are warning from both the Indonesian Government and relief agencies that living conditions for the evacuated people who remain in the temporary shelters are very poor, with bedding and breathing masks in short supply and the danger of disease spreading in the overcrowded accommodation.
The NASA Earth Observatory has a satellite view of Sinabung and surrounding area from 19 May 2003, which shows the intensive cultivation of the region around this volcano.
Villagers return to slopes of Indonesian volcano – Associated Press, 31 August 2010
Volcano evacuees in dire need of blankets, masks and sleeping mats – Reuters AlertNet, 31 August 2010
Volcano evacuees stranded as Govt warns of new bursts – Jakarta Globe, 1 September 2010
Global Volcanism Program: Sinabung – summary information for Sinabung (0601-08=)
Volcanological Survey of Indonesia – News and information portal for the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (site often down)