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Indonesia volcano erupts 30 times as 20,000 displaced

Published on Jan 4, 2014 4:34 PM
 
Indonesian take a look at the volcanic ash spewing up into the air from Mount Sinabung as it erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, on Jan 1, 2014. An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on Saturday, Jan 4, 2014, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KARO, Indonesia (AFP) - An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on Saturday, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said.

Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent rivers of lava flowing through an evacuation zone and columns of volcanic cloud up as high as 4,000 metres, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"Hot lava spewed from the volcano some 60 times, reaching up to five kilometres southeast of the crater. This outpour is the biggest we've seen in all the recent eruptions," Mr Nugroho said.

Authorities had already told residents in a five-kilometre radius of the volcano to evacuate, and Mr Nugroho said an expanded evacuation zone may be considered.

 
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