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Volcano Erupts In Indonesia, Spews Smoke 4 Km High; Thousands Evacuated

A volcano erupted on Sunday in the eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara, scattering ash and smoke up to four kilometers into the sky and forcing more than 2,700 people to seek refuge, the National Disaster Relief Agency said. . There are nearly 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, more than in any other country, and although many are highly active, it can take weeks or even months for an eruption to occur. The Indonesian Volcanological and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said on its website that the area near the volcano is likely to be flooded with “hot clouds, lava flows, lava wines and toxic gases.”

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