The Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo district of Indonesia's North Sumatra province is facing elevated risks of eruption, according to the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management’s (BNPB) recent issuance of the highest level of alert.

In its report, BNPB said that Mount Sinabung has been exceptionally active over the past two days with its lava reaching over 3 million cubic metres and still growing.

This is likely to trigger a lava eruption and powerful plume of hot ash, threatening livelihoods in the south and southeast region of the mount.

BNPB advised the evacuation of residents living within a 7-kilometre radius of the mount as well as 7 villages located on its side.

The 2,457-metre mount erupted in September, 2013 after 400 years of dormant volcanic activity. The most recent eruption on February 1 left 11 people dead and three others injured.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the "Pacific Ring of Fire".-VNA