Mount Sinabung, a volcano in central Indonesia, is erupting. Molten lava is emerging from the top of Sinabung, and the surrounding areas are covered in ash. Sinabung has been extremely active lately, with multiple eruptions in 2010, more in September and November of 2013, and now Sinabung is erupting again. Nearby villages have been evacuated, but some people are persisting despite the incredible amounts of ash.
This is a story you have to see to understand. Here are some mind-blowing photos of Sinabung and the central Indonesian villages that surround it. Despite the landscape-altering eruptions, the Indonesian villagers persevere.
First some context, here is Mt. Sinabung in September 2010. Some volcanic activity is visible at its peak (in the form of smoke and ash). PHOTO: Kenrick95, CC License.
Sinabung on January 5th, 2014. Molten lava lights up the night sky.
Here's a relative close-up of Sinabung. The brightness of the molten lava bursts through the cloak of ash.
Scary Mount Sinabung eruption just after midnight last night triggered an evacuation (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty) pic.twitter.com/gUKQ2Xyl40— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 6, 2014
A woman carries her daughter away from the erupting volcano.
A woman tends to her completely ash-covered tomato fields. PHOTO: Reuters
The ash pouring from Sinabung creates a wall of smoke moving across Indonesia. PHOTO: Reuters
The sky over Indonesia is perpetually dramatic.
Onlookers watch Sinabung spew ash across Indonesia