Thousands Flee Indonesia Volcano Eruption

Thousands Flee Indonesia Volcano Eruption

15 July 2011

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Indonesia — Giving Indonesians a horrible nightmare of fire and flying lava, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes has erupted, spewing rocks, lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes.

“There was a big eruption around 10:31pm local time (1531 GMT Thursday), which saw ash, sand and rocks thrown 1,500 meters (4,800 feet) into the air,” government volcanologist Kristianto told Agence-France Presse (AFP) on Friday, July 15.

The eruption of Mount Lokon, on Sulawesi island, set grass and shrubs in an area stretching 500 meters around the volcano on fire but there was no immediate danger to people living nearby.

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