Volcano spews ash 3km high

Last updated 12:06 15/11/2013
Reuters

Indonesia spewed more volcanic material from its crater as the government prepared more shelters for the increasing number of evacuees.

This week around the world
Getty Images Zoom
Mount Sinabung spews ash.

Relevant offers

Asia

Search on as Indian military plane with 29 on board missing in Bay of Bengal Actual snakes on a plane? Well, almost Possible early North Korean nuclear site found -report With smuggled sperm, Palestinians sire children from behind Israeli prison bars US goes after $1.4 billion in assets linked to Malaysian fund 1MDB North Korea's been practising how to blow up airports in the south Men in India accused of raping same victim due to appear in court 'A crime against humanity': Parents outraged as fake vaccine scandal rocks Indonesia John Key's Indonesia trip ends with screaming teens, Indiana Jones and kebabs Taiwan bus crashes on highway, killing all on board

A volcano has erupted for the third time in as many months on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to evacuate, officials say.

Mount Sinabung has spewed a 7km column of ash into the air, prompting authorities to impose a 3km evacuation radius.

The military helped evacuate 1293 people from four villages around the volcano, which was 88km from the provincial capital, Medan. The number of evacuees was expected to rise.

No casualties were reported.

About 14,000 people were forced to evacuate when the volcano showed signs of activity in September. Sinabung is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the world's fourth-most populated country, which straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire.

The most deadly volcanic eruption in recent years was of Mount Merapi, near the densely populated city of Yogyakarta in central Java, which erupted in late 2010, killing more than 350 people.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content