“Residents who live near the rivers upstream from Sinabung must be watchful for lava.”
For the first time this year lava has been spotted dribbling down the side of the volcano, prompting concerns for locals living nearby.
The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned against locals getting near the danger zone which is within three to seven-kilometres around Mount Sinabung‘s crater.
The incredibly frequent eruptions of the huge volcano have prompted authorities to put up permanent signs to warn people against going anywhere near it.
Last month, the eruption of Mount Agung on the neighbouring island of Bali led to huge evacuations of residents and disrupted flights.
Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause 90 percent of the world’s seismic activity, according to the US Geological Survey.