Volcano erupts in central Indonesia

An Indonesian volcano spit lava and smoke thousands of feet into the air, sending panicked residents fleeing down its slopes.

Jakarta: An Indonesian volcano spit lava
and smoke thousands of feet into the air today, sending
panicked residents fleeing down its slopes. There were no
immediate reports of causalities.

The first eruption at Mount Lokon occurred at 10:46
pm, said Brian Rulrone, a disaster management agency official.
It was followed by a second powerful blast just after midnight
and a third at 1:10 am.

Darwis Sitinjak, another disaster official, told El
Shinta radio from the scene that soldiers and police were
helping rescuers evacuate about 500 people who live along the
mountain`s fertile slopes.

They join 2,000 others who fled yesterday after being
warned to stay far from the 5,741-foot (1,750-meter) volcano,
which has been on high alert for nearly a week, with small
eruptions daily.

PTI

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