Volcano spews ash 3km high

23:07, Nov 14 2013
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Students walks between chilli trees covered by ash from Sinabung Mount as they return home at Kuta Rakyat village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province.
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Mount Sinabung spews ash.
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Mount Sinabung spews ash.
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Up to 4,300 residents have been evacuated from five villages in North Sumatra due to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung.
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Pyroclastic smoke, as seen from Berastagi village in the Karo district of Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Pyroclastic smoke, as seen from Berastagi village in the Karo district of Sumatra, Indonesia.

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