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Indonesia evacuates more villagers from volcano area

Indonesia evacuates more villagers from volcano area

The mountain unleashed a new powerful burst, sending hot ash as far as 3 kilometres down its south-eastern slopes.



By (AP)

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2015, 4:56 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano, which was put on it highest alert level last week, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years. AP photo

Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano, which was put on it highest alert level last week, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years. AP photo

Tanah Karo, Indonesia — 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 3 kilometres down its south-eastern slopes.

Authorities have been closely monitoring 2,460-meter-high (8,070-foot) Mount Sinabung on Sumatra Island since June 2, when its threat status was raised to the highest alert level. 


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