Update: 6 killed by hot lava from eruption of Indonesian volcano
JAKARTA (AP) - Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village on an eastern Indonesian island on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up to 2km into the air, officials said.
Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early on Saturday morning, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Nearly 3,000 people were evacuated from the area on Palue island, located north of Flores island. The volcano has been rumbling since last October.
The victims included three adults and two children, said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, adding that the age of the sixth person killed was unclear.