Indonesian volcano erupts as villagers return home

2013-10-24 16:10
Mount Sinabung in Indonesia. (Picture: AP)

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia. (Picture: AP)

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Medan - A volcano in western Indonesia erupted on Thursday, unleashing a column of dark volcanic material high into the air weeks after villagers were returning home from an earlier eruption, officials said.

No lava or debris spewed from the volcano, and nearby towns and villages were not in danger, but authorities warned tourists to stay away from the danger zone located 1.5km from the crater, Nugroho said.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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