Mount Sinabung Erupts: Volcano Forces 19,000 To Evacuate In Western Indonesia

Hot lava runs down Sinabung volcano, 30 December 2013

A danger zone is being enforced around Mount Sinabung.   AFP

31 December, 2013

(SOURCE)  KARO, Indonesia (AP) — A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky let out a new, powerful burst Tuesday, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers, officials said.

Nine eruptions Tuesday sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province, said Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The volcano started spitting clouds of gas and lava as high as 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) in the air late Monday, but no casualties were reported.

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