Special Story of Sinabung Volcano

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This is what it’s like to live near an Indonesian volcano that decides to wake up after being dormant for 400 years.

Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes in the last five years following Mount Sinabung’s fiery return to life — forcing residents to flee at a moment’s notice.

“We didn’t have any time to take any of our belongings or save any of our sentimental items,” a local villager told Barcroft Media. “Day by day, the situation is getting worse.”

Photographer Sutanta Aditya journeyed into Sumatra last June to capture the destruction caused by the lava-spewing volcano, which has already killed two of his friends.

“For me, this subject is close to my heart and very saddening,” he said.

One of his images captures the billowing gray smoke creeping over a tree-lined road as a woman tries to run away.

The Indonesian government has placed a two-mile area under a red alert since the initial eruption back on June 2, 2010.

A particularly violent flare-up in February 2014 killed 17 people.


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