Indonesian volcano spews ash 3km-high, six killed


Villagers inspect the path of a pyroclastic flow from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo / AP

Rescuers have found more bodies after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia, raising the death toll to six, an official said.
Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3km into the sky on Saturday, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
He said ash tumbled down the slopes as far as 4.5km westward into a river.
The mountain had been dormant for four centuries before reviving in 2010, killing two people.
An eruption in 2014 killed 16 people.
All the victims of Saturday’s eruption were working on their farms in the village of Gamber, about 4km away from the slope, or within the danger area.
Video images showed dead farm animals covered in dust.
Nugroho said soldiers, police, and rescuers from disaster combatting agencies, as well as volunteers and villagers, were searching for more possible victims.
Mt Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

An apparently injured dog covered in volcanic ash crouches down in an empty village after it was abandoned following the eruption of Mt Sinabung in Gamber village. Photo / AP

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