INDONESIA’S MT. SINABUNG

  • Recently, Mt. Sinabung an active volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island has erupted.
  • Earlier, other volcanoes of Indonesia- Merapi volcano and Semeru volcano- had erupted.

Mt. Sinabung:

  • Sinabung (2,600-metre) is located in Karo regency, North Sumatra.
  • Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
  • The volcano was dormant for 400 years before exploding in 2010.
  • It exploded again in 2014 ,2016 and 2020

Ring of Fire:

  • The Ring of Fire, also referred to as the Circum-Pacific Belt, is a path along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.
  • It traces boundaries between several tectonic plates—including the Pacific, Cocos, Indian-Australian, Nazca, North American, and Philippine Plates.
  • The abundance of volcanoes and earthquakes along the Ring of Fire is caused by the amount of movement of tectonic plates in the area.
  • 75% of Earth’s volcanoes i.e. more than 450 volcanoes are located along the Ring of Fire. 90% of Earth’s earthquakes occur along its path.

SOURCE: DTE

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