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Another volcano erupts in Indonesia

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The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia has claimed no lives so far.

School children on their way home gaze up at a rumbling Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5000m into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010.

KARO: Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5000m into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes yesterday. There had been no fatalities or injuries, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

The regional volcanic ash advisory centre in Darwin, Australia, issued a “red notice” to airlines.

About 30000 people have had to leave homes around the mountain in the past few years.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. – AP/African News Agency (ANA)