Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts

a mountain with smoke coming out of it: Mount Sinabung lay dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010 © Iksan Gitsu Mount Sinabung lay dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 metres into the sky. 

The volcano in North Sumatra province started belching ash and volcanic material at 9 am and the eruption lasted almost six minutes, a local geological agency said.

Images showed a thick column of ash spewing from the inside of Sinabung towards the east.

No evacuation orders have been issued, and there has been no reported flight disruption. 

Authorities have instructed residents to avoid a five-kilometre radius around the crater, a zone that has been left unoccupied for years as volcanic activity increased.

a large mountain in the background: Mount Sinabung spews hot ash and smoke into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra in Indonesia  Sinabung, a 2,460-metre volcano, was dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010 when an eruption killed two people.  After another period of inactivity, it erupted again in 2013 and has remained highly active since. © Anto SEMBIRING Mount Sinabung spews hot ash and smoke into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra in Indonesia Sinabung, a 2,460-metre volcano, was dormant for centuries before roaring back to life in 2010 when an eruption killed two people. After another period of inactivity, it erupted again in 2013 and has remained highly active since.

"Residents and tourists should not do any activity around Mount Sinabung or relocated villages because the volcanic activities remain high," Muhammad Nurul Asrori, an official at Mount Sinabung monitoring post told AFP, adding that the volcano alert status remains unchanged at level three.

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts