2 volcanoes in Indonesia erupt, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations

Indonesia warns flight as 2 volcanoes erupt

A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia’s north Sumatra province, Nov 18, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

(SOURCE)  MEDAN, Indonesia –  Two volcanoes erupted Monday in Indonesia, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations, official said.

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province unleashed volcanic ash as high as 8,000 meters (26,250 feet), the highest of its eruptions in recent days, said government volcano expert Surono.

The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high mountain has sporadically erupted since September after being dormant for three years.

Officials raised the alert status of Sinabung to the second-highest level after an eruption early this month, prompting evacuation of more than 6,000 villagers living near its slopes. Its activities have continued since then, sometimes unleashing lava down the slopes.

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