Indonesian volcano spews ash and lava: Official

An active volcano has erupted in Indonesia, spewing ash and lava at least 1,500 metres into the sky.

Last Updated: May 23, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

Lombox: An active volcano has
erupted in Indonesia, spewing ash and lava at least 1,500
metres into the sky, damaging crops but not threatening
villagers, an official said Sunday.

Mount Baru Jari on Lombok island, near Bali, has been
active for several months but yesterday`s eruption was "big,"
the island`s volcano monitoring official Mutaharlin told a news agency.

"From yesterday evening to early today, the volcano
erupted three times and was accompanied by tremors. The first
eruption spewed ash and lava 1,500 to 2,000 metres high," he
added.

Lava flowed into a lake, pushing its temperature to 35
degrees Celsius, up from 21 degrees Celsius, Mutaharlin said.
"The smoke had spread as far as 12 kilometres and dozens
of acres of crop land were covered in ash," he said.
"But the eruptions haven`t reached dangerous levels yet,
so we`re not evacuating villagers," he added.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where the
meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic
activity.

PTI