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Schoolchildren Flee As Colossal Cloud Of Suffocating Ash Spews 5,000 Metres Into The Air From Indonesian Volcano

This is the alarming moment schoolkids bolted for their lives as huge plumes of volcanic ash ejected from Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung.

Locals could only watch in fear as the screams of hundreds of children echoed through Tiga Pancur village in North Sumatra.

The colossal ash cloud shot five kilometres into the air, with the cloud appearing to head towards the Sipandak elementary students.

The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was inactive for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people.

Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

There were no fatalities or injuries from the latest morning, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

Airlines have been issued a ‘red notice’, barring them from flying over parts of Indonesia because of the eruption.

A Jetstar spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the eruption has not affected any of their flights. A Qantas spokeswoman said none of their flights had been affected either.

Unbelievable video footage showed the North Sumatra volcano erupting which caused dangerous ash rain to fall.

While there have been no casualties, local residents have been warned to watch out for lava.

The mountain which typically stands against a picturesque scene, has been at its highest alert level after its eruption four years ago.

The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency have warned against locals getting near the danger zone which is within three to seven-kilometres around Mount Sinabung’s crater.

Authorities feared lava flows could cascade down the mountain and destroy homes, as has happened several times.

The volcano explodes so frequently, warning signs are lastingly stationed around it warning against going near it.

Sinabung is located on the ‘Ring of Fire’, a volatile zone of seismic activity with hundreds of active volcanoes and 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes.

Photo: dailymail

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