No Thai casualties from Indonesia’s volcano eruption

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BANGKOK, 15 June 2015 – According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no Thai national has been injured or killed by a massive volcano eruption in Western Indonesia.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands unleashed a new powerful burst high into the sky on Saturday, sending hot ash far down the mountain’s slopes. 11 avalanches of hot ash have been recorded so far; however, no injuries have been reported from the latest eruption.

According to the ministry, the Thai embassy in Jakarta has confirmed no Thai national has been affected by the natural disaster. Thai residents in Indonesia have also been alerted after the latest burst of hot ash has been reported.

Indonesia has raised its emergency status to the highest alert level due to the growing size of its lava dome. More than 2700 people from villages within the danger zone of 7km from the crater have been evacuated to temporary shelters.

Mt Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.