Indonesian volcano erupts

2011-08-08 09:13

Manado, Indonesia – A government official says one villager has been injured by an erupting volcano in central Indonesia.

State volcanologist Surono says Mount Karangetang on Siau – part of the Sulawesi island chain – started spitting clouds of gas and lava up to 600m late last week.

Early today, hot ash tumbled down its slopes, severely burning one villager.

Surono, who goes by only one name, says rescuers are searching for four others still missing.

The district chief, Tonny Supit, said the nearly 600 people live along on Karangetang’s slopes have been evacuated.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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