At this point, it’s worth remembering that Sinabung’s hardly the only fiery fountain on the archipelago. Indonesia has around 130 active volcanoes, all with their own histories and, of course, furious futures.
There’s a lot left to understand about the country’s volcanism. Considering that the densely populated nation is home to 261 million people, the faster our cognizance of them advances, the better.
According to the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program, significant eruptions prior to Sinabung’s fireworks back in 2010 have yet to be confirmed. Its present activity is clear to see – even from space – but its past remains decidedly enigmatic.
“Understanding the history and current activity of a volcano takes time and resources, and like in most volcanically active countries, this has not been done at many volcanoes due to a lack of time and resources,” Krippner added. “Volcanic research and monitoring has to be prioritized.”