More than 25 000 flee volcano

2014-01-12 08:26
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Scores flee as Indonesian volcano erupts

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted for the third time in a few months, covering nearby villages in ash and gray dust.

Jakarta - More than 25 000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from a volcano in Indonesia, an official said on Sunday.

Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent hot rocks and ash up to 5 000m in the air "several times" on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency emergency response director Tri Budiarto told AFP.

"So far, 25 516 people have been evacuated. There's nobody now within a five-kilometre radius of the crater. We are urging those living within seven kilometres southeast of the crater to move too," he added.

Hot lava, which has been spewing from the volcano for the past two weeks, has flowed into a river and filled up valleys with pyroclastic material, he said.

"There were small secondary explosions when lava flows came into contact with the water, but there are no casualties so far. We are urging people not to carry out any activity in the rivers," he added.

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