“1,293 people who live around Mt. Sinabung have evacuated to safer places after the eruption early on Sunday,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The majority of the villagers who were forced to flee were from the village of Mardinding, and the rest were from the village of Desa Sukameriah.
According to reports, Sinabung erupted for a second time on Sunday afternoon.
Sutopo expected that more people would eventually be leaving the villages of Bekerah, Simacem and Sukameriah. The exact number of evacuees is unknown at this time.
“There are still villagers who have stayed in their houses,” Sutopo said. “Military and police officials are currently patrolling the Bekerah village.” Even though some are choosing to remain in their homes, the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has recommended that people evacuate the area.
Sinabung was dormant between 1600 and 2010 but it came back to life in August 2010 and had another major eruption on October 24 of this year, prompting the evacuation of more than 3,300 people. The volcano is considered a part of the Pacific Basin’s "Ring of Fire."
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