Indonesia evacuates more near Mount Sinabung

2015-06-15 16:35
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Ujung, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (Binsar Bakkara, AP)

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Ujung, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (Binsar Bakkara, AP)

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Tanah Karo - Authorities in western Indonesia are evacuating more villagers living near a volcano that's been rumbling for weeks.

Government volcanologist Gede Suantika says at least 28 hot ash avalanches occurred at Mount Sinabung on Monday and that there are indications the crater's lava dome continues to grow in size.

Subur Tambun, head of the local disaster mitigation agency, said hundreds of residents were being evacuated on Monday from three villages.

Subur said 99 families were moved from a village on Saturday when the mountain unleashed a new powerful burst, sending hot ash as far as 3km down its southeastern slopes.

Authorities have been closely monitoring 2 460m Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island since June 2, when its threat status was raised to the highest alert level.

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