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Volcano continues eruption in western Indonesia

Xinhua, February 7, 2017 Adjust font size:

Mount Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra of western Indonesia continued eruption on Tuesday, spewing a column of ash up to 2 km to the sky, a national disaster agency official said.

The ash spread to the east of the crater, and lava flowed to the south, southeast and east of the crater by up to 2 km, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management agency said.

Villagers living along the rivers with upstream in the slope of Mount Sinabung are warned to be alert on a potential danger from flowing lava, he told Xinhua.

Tourists and villagers are banned from entering a 3-km zone from the crater, a 7-km zone in south to southeast of the crater, and a 6-km zone in southeast to east of the crater, as well as a 4-km zone in north to east of the crater, he said.

The volcano, which started eruption on Feb. 2, did not trigger evacuation, Sutopo said.

Mount Sinabung is one of Indonesia's 129 active volcanoes. Endit