Mount Sinabung erupted on May 7, spewing a column of ashes up to 2,000m high (Source: Tribunnews)

Jakarta (VNA) –
Indonesia’s national volcanology agency issued a warning on May 7 to all flights passing over the Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo district in North Sumatra province.

The notification was set at amber, the second level of danger warning.

Planes passing through the pathway around Mount Sinabung volcano in Sumatra island have been told to exercise caution as volcanic ashes from the volcano may endanger flight, the national volcanology agency said on May 7.

Mount Sinabung erupted earlier in the day, spewing a column of ashes up to 2,000 m high, the agency said, adding that the ash smoke has spread to the east and southeast of Indonesia.

The eruption also caused ash to rain down in areas on the flank of the volcano, spokesman of the agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The agency had also warned people not to get any closer than 3-7 km from the volcano.

Mount Sinabung is 2,475 m high above the sea level. It became active again in 2010 after dormancy of over four decades. In its eruption in 2014, 16 people were killed and thousands of others were displaced. –VNA