In this late Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status for one of the country’s most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) (The Associated Press)
KARO, Indonesia – A powerful burst of hot ash and gravel has erupted from a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia, sending panicking villages fleeing down the mountain.
Authorities raised the alert status to the highest level on Sunday after Mount Sinabung had a series of eruptions. Six more eruptions early Monday sent volcanic debris as high as 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) into the air.