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Volcano erupts again in Indonesia

on January 05, 2014 1:00 AM

KARO, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities extended a danger zone around a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia today after it spewed blistering gas farther than expected, sending panicked residents streaming down the sides of the mountain.

Mount Sinabung’s booming explosion just after midnight triggered a panicked evacuation. Men with ash-covered faces raced down the scorched slopes on motorcycles, followed by truckloads of women and children, many crying. Officials barked out orders on bullhorns as rocks and debris rained from the sky.

More than 50 eruptions on Saturday sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of the volcano in North Sumatra province down the southeastern slopes.

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