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"We're working our way up the side of this volcano and all of a sudden it does this big burst and you see this thing the size of a school bus comes crashing down about 150 metres away from us. I kind of stop there and we're all quiet—we don't scream or anything, but I look up at the guys, they just kind of shrug their shoulders and keep going … and I'm like: 'Does anybody want to talk about what just happened here?'"
After a brief eruption period in 2010, the dormant volcano, Mount Sinabung of Sumatra, Indonesia has been erupting continuously since September 2013 with most commonly ash plumes and periodic pyroclastic flows and lahars. The current restricted zone is a 7 km zone around the active summit with villages within 3 km of the volcano destroyed by lava. The August 2nd eruption of Mount Sinabung is thought to be the largest eruption since activity began in 2013.
Lucky for us, one of our own VolcanoWorld volcanologists, Dr. de Silva, was there to capture this eruption on video! Check out the full video below