Volcano in western Indonesia erupts again

2014-09-25 11:33
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials from its crater as seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (File, AP)

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials from its crater as seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (File, AP)

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Jakarta - A volcano in western Indonesia has sent a new, powerful burst of hot ash into the air.

National disaster management agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says Mount Sinabung erupted for about 15 minutes on Wednesday, creating an avalanche of hot clouds as far away as 2km from the peak.

Nugroho says the eruption of the 2 600m volcano in North Sumatra province didn't cause more evacuations, and its alert status remains at the third-highest level.

More than 22 000 people were evacuated from the area after eruptions earlier this year that killed at least 16 people. Most have returned home, but about 4 700 remain in evacuation centres.

Mount Sinabung, among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years.

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