Indonesia's Mt. Sinabung Ejects Massive Column Of Ash Into Sky  

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic ash more than 16,000 feet into the sky and dumped debris on nearby towns. 

Videos and photos have been posted on social media showing the volcano belching ash. Smaller rumblings started over the weekend, though the largest eruption was on Monday.

Indonesian officials put Sinabung on the second-highest alert level, warning all residents to keep three miles away from the crater for fear lava flows could decimate the area. 

Communities around the volcano were covered in a layer of ash. A video circulating on social media shows the day turned into night. 

Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said no fatalities or injuries from the eruption had been reported. About 30,000 inhabitants surround the volcano, many of the folks have been forced to leave. 

"It was like magic -- when the ash came, it went from being very bright to dark as night," Rencana Sitepu, the head of Namanteran village, told AFP News. He said the area's crops were wiped out by the volcanic ash. 

The volcano was inactive for four centuries until 2010. Then erupted in 2013 and 2016, and has since remained active.