Indonesia: International Charter activated after volcanic eruption

Activation of the International Charter
View from space of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung in May 2003
Credits: NASA

On 03 November 2013, the Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra erupted for the third time in three months, causing an ash plume 7 km high. This event led to the evacuation of the area and the activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters on November 5, as requested by USGS on behalf of Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to support with the assessment of the situation. To fulfill this purpose the Project Management lies upon Cascades volcano Observatory.

Although 1500 people have already been evacuated in four villages near the volcano's summit, more people is expected to be moved out due to concerns over further volcanic activity and potential landslides.