A deadly volcano in Indonesia has erupted spewing massive plumes of ash into the air.
Thousands of villagers who live around Mount Sinabung in northern Sumatra were evacuated Wednesday afternoon as the dangerous volcano erupted at 1.23pm local time.
More than 75,000 residents were warned to stay at least 7km away to avoid the ash that was thrown 2.5km into the air.
Mount Sinabung was the most active of the country’s 130 volcanos and there are fears a bigger eruption could happen within hours as Mount Agung on Bali is expected to blow.
Mount Agung is only 2,500km away and is currently on the highest alert level.
Both volcanoes are located on the ‘Ring of Fire’, a volatile area of seismic activity filled with hundreds of active volcanoes where 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes happen.
Authorities fear lava flows from Mount Sinabung could run down the mountain into villages destroying homes.
It has happened several times before as the volcano explodes frequently meaning warning signs are permanently stationed around it.
Earlier this year 10 people were killed in another eruption leaving the death toll sitting at 20 in the past decade.
There are fears when Mount Agung erupts, which could be in a matter of hours, it may repeat the events of its last eruption in 1963 which killed over 1,000 people.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.