Thousands flee as long-sleepy Sumatra volcano erupts

JAKARTA Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:46pm EDT

1 of 9. A woman carrying her child walks on the street at the district of Tanah Karo outside the city of Medan, North Sumatra, as Mount Sinabung volcano spews smoke in the background August 28, 2010.

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of Indonesians were evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Sunday after it erupted for the first time in more than 400 years, spewing out lava and sending smoke and dust 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) into the air.

Mount Sinabung, in the north of the island of Sumatra, began erupting around midnight after rumbling for several days, prompting some villagers to panic before the mass evacuation got under way.

Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and geological fault lines triggering frequent earthquakes around the Pacific Basin. The eruption triggered the highest red volcano alert.

Two people died, one from breathing problems and the other from a heart attack, and two suffered injuries in road accidents as trucks, ambulances and buses were mobilized in the rescue operation.

"This is the first time since 1600 that Sinabung has erupted and we have little knowledge in terms on its eruptive patterns," said Surono, head of Indonesia's vulcanology center.

Authorities took at least 12,000 people from high risk areas on the slopes of the 2,460-meter volcano to temporary shelters. Local TV showed showed women and children wearing face masks in cramped tents.

The area around the volcano is largely agricultural.

"Since this is the first eruption we've had in Sinabung, we're anticipating residents to remain at the shelters for at least a week while waiting for further status alert," said Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman at the national disaster management agency.

Residents panicked when the volcano started erupting overnight and some of them who live in safer areas chose to take refugee at shelters, Kardono added.

The eruption has not damage roads or bridges. The nearest big city is Medan where there were no disruptions to flights.

(Reporting by Karima Anjani; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (13)
Old HAARP at it again, all these earthquakes and volcanoes and extreme weather. The 0.01 per from CO2 warming which is insignificant cannot possibly in any way account for the unusual amount of geological occurences.
U.S. SOUTHCOM Ran Complex Haiti Command and Control Emergency Relief Drills on January 11, 2010 the day before the quake!!!

By the way, the British defense forces were running a drill the day of the London train bombings, the drill was for a bombing on EXACTLY the same train platform on the SAME morning as the actual bombing! That way other emergency forces did not respond thinking it was the drill they were warned about.

ON 911, the military were executing a drill regarding a terrorist attack involving airliners ON EXACTLY THE SAME DAY AS 911!!! The emergency forces did not respond thinking it was a drill
Yes, the chance of these drills being coincidences is astronomical, 911 is scientifically proven to be an inside job anyway.

How would they engineer the Haiti quake? Read on…..

The HAARP facility along with other worldwide installations probes the ionosphere with High Frequency Radiowaves. They can heat up sections of the ionosphere thus lifting those sections up forming bubbles that divert the jetstream (the atmospheric currents that carry water around the planet). This causes unusual rainfall and convection (turbulent weather).
The High Frequency radiowaves get refelcted back down from the ionosphere in the form of extremely Low Frequency Radiowaves that resonate in the Earth’s crust. If there’s pressure built up in a fault line, an Earthquake ensues.

So people really need to wake up to what’s going on in the world.

Aug 29, 2010 6:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
themikes wrote:
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Lerros wrote:
Obviously you have no concept of Geology or RF physics. Do yourself a favor and keep your conspiracy to whatever Wikipedia page you’ve created for it.

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