Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupts

News: The Mount Sinabung of Indonesia has erupted again releasing a huge column of ash.

Facts:

  • Mount Sinabung: It is located in the North Sumatra Island of Indonesia. The volcano was dormant for 400 years and erupted recently in the year 2010 and in 2014.
  • Mt Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

Additional Facts:

  • Ring of Fire also referred to as the Circum-Pacific Belt, is a path along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. 
  • It traces boundaries between several tectonic plates—including the Pacific, Juan de Fuca, Cocos, Indian-Australian, Nazca, North American, and Philippine Plates.
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