Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Sinabung
in Indonesia

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Sinabung can have a low humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID VO 261080
Name: Sinabung
Lat/Lon: 3.17 , 98.392
Event Date: 14 Aug 2020 00:00 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 260000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 8200000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 2
Population Exposure Index PEI: 5
Inserted at: 14 Aug 2020 08:22 UTC

GDACS Score

For more info on GDACS alert score click here.
Virtual OSOCC
Meteo assessment
Satellite products
Analytical products
Indonesia - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 14 Aug 2020)Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:02

  • Mount Sinabung volcano, located in the Karo Regency (North Sumatra Province), erupted again on 13 August, sending ash plumes up to 1,000 meters.
  • In the previous eruptions of 9-10 August, the observed volcanic ash reached up to 5,000 meters. The alert status remains 3 (out of 4), while the Aviation Colour Code is Orange, as of 14 August.
  • According to UN OCHA, an estimated 14,400 people live within a 10 km radius of the volcano and are at risk of being affected.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2015. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report provides information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Latest Sinabung report has been published on 12 Aug 2020 09:02.
PVMBG reported that at 0158 on 8 August a phreatic eruption at Sinabung produced a brown-gray ash plume that rose 2 km above the summit and drifted E and SE. A news article stated that ashfall impacted at least four districts, including Naman Teran, Merdeka, Berastagi, and Dolat Rayat. BNPB noted that clean water was distributed, and emergency vehicles were deployed to clean up the ashfall. Later that day at 1718 an ash plume rose at least 1 km above the summit and drifted ESE. There is a general exclusion zone set at 3 km from the summit, with extensions to 5 km on the SE and 4 km on the NE. A news article noted that authorities began enforcing a 7-km exclusion zone. An eruptive event at 1016 on 10 August produced a dense gray ash plume that rose at least 5 km above the summit (24,500 ft a.s.l.) and drifted NE and SE. Parts of the plume drifted down the flank; ashfall was reported in several areas downwind. The Darwin VAAC advisory stated that satellite observations showed ash plumes drifting WNW at 9.8 km (32,000 ft) a.s.l. at 1430 and ENE at 4.3 km (14,000 ft) a.s.l. at 1630. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4). Residents and tourists in Berastagi (13 km E) turned on headlights to navigate through the ash according to a news article. Sources: Badan Nacional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) ,Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC),Gatra ,NBC News,Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG, also known as CVGHM),The Jakarta Post
See the detail here

Latest media headlines

Articles: 96 | About casualties: 0 | Last hour: 0

Indonésie : Une nouvelle éruption du volcan Sinabung déclenche une ale ... Sun, 16 Aug 2020 04:31:00 +0200.

Le volcan indonésien du mont Sinabung est à nouveau entré en éruption jeudi 13 août, avec une série d'explosions qui ont envoyé des cendres à deux kilomètres de haut, déclenchant une alerte aérienne et des craintes de coulées de lave. Il s'
...(more)
Indonésie : un orage volcanique sur le mont SinabungSat, 15 Aug 2020 04:18:00 +0200.

Le volcan indonésien du mont Sinabung est à nouveau entré en éruption jeudi 13 août, avec une série d'explosions qui ont envoyé des cendres à deux kilomètres de haut, déclenchant une alerte aérienne et des craintes de coulées de lave. À ce
...(more)
Indonésie : Une nouvelle éruption du volcan...Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:34:00 +0200.

Le volcan indonésien du mont Sinabung est à nouveau entré en éruption jeudi 13 août, avec une série d'explosions qui ont envoyé des cendres à deux kilomètres de haut, déclenchant une alerte aérienne et des craintes de coulées de lave. Il s'
...(more)
Le volcan indonésien Sinabung est entré en éruptionFri, 14 Aug 2020 10:53:00 +0200.

lundi, projetant dans l'atmosphère une épaisse colonne de cendres et de fumée s'élevant à 5000 mètres de haut et plongeant la région dans l'obscurité. Ce volcan, situé sur l'île de Sumatra, avait connu une éruption meurtrière en 2016.

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
The graph shows the current fatalities estimate.

Exposed population

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (30), (1), INGV (2), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),