Living With a Volcano in Your Backyard

Stories form the Volcanic Communities on Building Recilience

“Come quick! Look at that beautiful fire from the mountain!” Rulianto, North Sumatra Regional Disaster Management Authority (BPBD) village facilitator imitated how the elderly in Gung Pinto Village in North Sumatra reacted when they saw thick lava flowing from Mount Sinabung in 2004. “Instead of evacuating themselves, they were calling their children and family as if to watch a spectacle,” the 39-year-old recalled.