28 Dec 2017

Indonesian volcano erupts

4:59 pm on 28 December 2017

A volcano in Indonesia's northern Sumatra province has erupted, sending volcanic ash 4km into the sky.

On 27 December 2017 Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia is again experiencing eruption activity.

Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, spewing ash. Photo: AFP / Lana Priatna / NurPhoto

Mount Sinabung's eruption occurred at 3.36pm local time on Wednesday, a national disaster management agency spokesperson told media.

Footage posted online by the Indonesia volcano monitoring programme MAGMA showed volcanic ash from Mt Sinabung down to street level in a village.

Volcanic ash has fallen around villages near the eruption but there had not been any casualties, the spokesman said.

The aviation code remains at 'orange' alert, one below the highest level.

Last month, the Mount Agung eruption - which has been going on since November - led to the evacuation of residents in Bali and stranded hundreds of Australian tourists.