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Volcano quiet for 400 years erupts in Indonesia

Sinabung volcano in western Indonesia spewed hot lava and sand high into the sky early Sunday in its first eruption in 400 years. Government volcanologist Surono, who uses only one name, said Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province started rumbling a few days ago and the minor morning eruption has mostly stopped. It sent sand and ash up to 1.5 kilometers high but lava only moved near the crater. It caused no major damage "but only dust covered plants and trees," he said.

Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts in North Sumatra, Indonesia

In the early morning in North Sumatra, Indonesia today, The Mount Sinabung Volcano finally erupted after 400 years. Known as Gunung Sinabung among Indonesians, the volcano forced over 18,000 people from 14 different villages to evacuate the area. Upon the eruption, Ash was seen spewing into the sky, up to 1 mile high and lava was flowing from the center of the crater at a relatively quick pace. Mount Sinabung is situated in the Karo Plateau, and has been considered an inactive volcano since the 1600s.

Mount Sinabung in Sumatra erupts

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted on Sunday at 00.15 a.m. Antara news agency reported local villagers did not expect the eruption as the geophysics and meteorology agency just declared a normal status for the mountain. Villagers fled home to a safer location, but no police officers yet helped the evacuation process. On Saturday, the 2,400 meter-high mountain showed its volcanic activity by spewing black clouds. A 54-year-old man died Sunday from a respiratory problem when he fled home during the Mount Sinabung eruption in North Sumatra.

Thousands flee volcano

Indonesia issued a red alert on Sunday after the Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted, spewing smoke and ash 1500 metres into the air and sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes. A thick blanket of acrid black smoke is shrouding the area, disaster officials said, although no casualties have yet been reported. "Initially we thought the ash and smoke were triggered by rain but now we know the driving pressure was from magma," Surono, head of the nation's volcano disaster alert centre, told AFP.

Thousands flee Indonesia volcano on Sumatra

Thousands of Indonesians have been forced to flee after a volcano erupted on the island of Sumatra. Officials issued a red alert after Mount Sinabung began to spew lava shortly after midnight (1900 GMT). Smoke and ash reportedly shot 1,500m into the air, and witnesses said they could see lava from the volcano from several miles away. Mount Sinabung, some 60km (40 miles) south-west of Sumatra's main city Medan, has not erupted for 400 years.

Thousands flee as long-sleepy Sumatra volcano erupts

Thousands of Indonesians were evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Sunday after it erupted for the first time in more than 400 years, spewing out lava and sending smoke and dust 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) into the air. Mount Sinabung, in the north of the island of Sumatra, began erupting around midnight after rumbling for several days, prompting some villagers to panic before the mass evacuation got under way.

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