Update from North Sumatra – The deadly eruption that claimed 15 lives on Saturday has created an enormous crater that runs down the volcano. The crater is a constant way out for the boiling lava that flows through the volcano.
Update from North Sumatra – Locals have been coming on a daily basis to view the non-stop spectacle. These two men told us they felt the earth shake beneath them and the noise was like a "gigantic bomb" going off.
Update from North Sumatra – The volcano draws in local media and photographers all hoping to get the best shot or the chance at being there at the right time for the big one.
Update from North Sumatra – Daily life continues even as Mt. Sinabung continues to erupt. People tell us they aren't afraid -- it's been happening for months and they need to continue to work to provide for their families.
Update from North Sumatra – A banner shows the start of a 5 km exclusion zone around the volcano. Many people from villages closer to the summit continue to venture inside this zone. The 15 people killed on Saturday were from one of these villages.
Update from North Sumatra – These villages have been covered in ash for months. When it rains, the ash turns to a thick coating of mud.
Update from North Sumatra – These village houses aren't strong enough to hold the weight of the ash that's built up on roofs. Fortunately no one was injured when this house collapsed under the pressure.
Update from North Sumatra – These two local men have made the best out of a worsening situation, setting up a water station in the middle of the road and selling water to anyone who comes past. Each bottle brings in around 75 cents.
Update from North Sumatra – Desperate situations brings about desperate measures ... But another sale in the bag.
Update from North Sumatra – The local media relays updates from the search parties. Providing constant news updates, they're a great source for getting early warnings out to those still lucky enough to have power.
Update from North Sumatra – The military is helping to provide support in search and rescue operations. The police and the search and rescue department are also searching in this area of Indonesia.
Update from North Sumatra – The Head of Search and Recuse for the North Sumutra providence Mr. Romali briefs his team before they head out on their daily search efforts. "We are screening and searching areas that we believe have victims," he tells us. "By using GPS, even if fresh ash falls, we will know where to come back to search for bodies."
Update from North Sumatra – Ash is everywhere. Clothes, hair, cars and our equipment all fall to the curse of the ash.