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Indonesian volcano spews fresh lava; over 26,000 people flee

Published on Jan 14, 2014 10:03 PM

KARO (AFP) - Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted more than 30 times on Tuesday spewing lava and ash clouds over a wide area, officials said, with more than 26,000 people now forced to flee their homes.

Sinabung, which lies in the northwest of Indonesia's Sumatra island, sent hot rocks and ash 5km into the air, spreading hot clouds over a 4.5km radius, said the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

Enormous clouds rose from the mountain, as thick layers of grey ash blanketed plantations and nearby houses.

With the volcano erupting regularly, many of those who have left their homes since Sinabung started erupting in September have fallen ill, a local government official said.

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