Mount Sinabung Erupts

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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung continues to erupt lava and hot searing gas on Tuesday. More than 20,000 people within a 4-mile “danger zone” have been forced from their homes due to ash, lava and poisonous gases.

“Hot lava spewed from the volcano some 60 times, reaching up to five kilometres (three miles) southeast of the crater. This outpour is the biggest we’ve seen in all the recent eruptions,”  National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The volcano had lain dormant for nearly 400 years prior to an eruption in 2010. Indonesia lies on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire” with nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.

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A wall of ash enveloped Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung on Tuesday following a spectacular eruption.
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Villagers evacuated as Mount Sinabung erupts