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Residents flee as Indonesian volcano erupts again

Published: 8:40AM Wednesday January 15, 2014 Source: ONE News

Thousands of people have fled their homes after Indonesia's Mount Sinabung continuously erupted, sending lava and ash into the air.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Sinabung sent hot rocks and ash five kilometres into in the air, and more than 26,000 people had to evacuate.

Thick layers of grey ash blanketed plantations and houses.

Officials said some people in the area have fallen ill.

Mount Sinabung is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia and had been quiet for around 400 years until it rumbled back to life in 2010.