Since November 2013, LEARN intervened in Emergency Response operations of the Mount Sinabung eruption. It started with a rapid needs assessment which covered the coordination among stakeholders and continued with a capacity mapping of the LEARN members to ensure who will participate in the emergency program.
On February the 1st 2014 the volcanic activity of Mt. Sinabung caused the first direct victims since the Volcano has restarted its activity in September 15, 2013. A huge blast followed by a pyroclastic flow took the lives of 15 people and injured several more. According to the department of volcanology a pyroclastic flow in form of a hot gas as flow down the mountain up to 4.5 km with a speed of up to 200km/h and a temperature of 700°. The group was trapped within the sterile 5 km radius and was only about 2 km from the volcanic dome.