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The Old Bali Blog « This restless earth: Sumatra's Mount Sinabung on highest alert after eruptions

June 7, 2015: Indonesian authorities have raised the alert status for Sumatra's highly-active Mount Sinabung to the highest level - waspada - as the volcano spews hot ash and rocks and forces the evacuation of nearly 3,000 people from its slopes.

Mount Sinabung last erupted violently in February 2014 killing at least 16 people and sending thousands fleeing for their lives. Almost 10,000 were evacuated in 2013 as the slumbering giant burst into life.

Malaysia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo, has also just been hit by a heavy 5,9-magnitude earthquake killing 13 climbers.

With Nepal's major earthquakes of April and May still fresh in the mind, it looks like the earth is going through a patchy time.

The Pacific Rim of Fire is a very connected thing, and earthquakes - or volcanic eruptions - are never too far from Bali's shores.

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