Volcano spews ash 3km high

Last updated 12:06 15/11/2013

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

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Mount Sinabung spews ash.

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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.

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- Reuters

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