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Indonesia rumbling volcano unleashes fresh burst

Indonesian Volcano Erupts, Forces More Residents to Flee

KARO, Indonesia (AP) - A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky let out a new, powerful burst Tuesday, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers, officials said.

Nine eruptions Tuesday sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province, said Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The volcano started spitting clouds of gas and lava as high as 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) in the air late Monday, but no casualties were reported.

He said more than 19,000 people have been evacuated from villages in a danger zone 5 kilometers (3 miles) around the crater to temporary shelters since authorities raised the alert status for Sinabung to the highest level in November.

Gray ash covered villages, farms and trees as far as 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of the mountain.

The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) Mount Sinabung has sporadically erupted since September. An eruption in 2010 killed two people and caught scientists off guard because the volcano had been quiet for four centuries.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said airlines had been notified to avoid routes near the mountain.

Mount Sinabung is among about 130 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.

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dayhold December 31 2013 at 7:36 AM

Home Depot has some new heat resistant plastic gutters that will allow to divert the lave. Geesh it will take direct sunlight so some molten lava is not nearly as hot as the sun.

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gvette75 dayhold December 31 2013 at 8:13 AM

LOL...are you that stupid?

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dnkdltn December 31 2013 at 11:56 AM

If there never was any volcanic eruptions or earth quakes on this planet; I don't believe any of us would be around today talking about what's happeneing

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mesager42 December 31 2013 at 12:07 PM

Indonesia's over 130 active volcanoes within the Pacific "Ring of Fire" is just a part of our planet's ocean warming oven that could be melting the ice glaciers. There are volcanoes from Alaska all the way south and some are even under water. That's why I have issues with humans being blamed solely for global warming. Our planet is a pressure cooker that lets off a lot of steam on its own without the help of any humans.

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jocsyln mesager42 December 31 2013 at 12:25 PM

Then you don't know much about global warming, otherwise you would also know that the current rise in CO2 has reached levels that have no comparison in nature for at least 600,000 years. But maybe you believe that CO2 has no effect on climate.

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msamad1 December 31 2013 at 12:48 PM

Volcanic erruptions is nothing new in Indonesia. I was in indonesia in the Island of Java. There was volcanic erruption at that time. It was like driving through fog when we were going to the office. The windshield had to be wiped by windshield wiper while driving.

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bryanmerrittper2 December 31 2013 at 12:49 PM

Time to go before the flow....just remember Pompi in Italy's Mt Etna.

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irishut36 December 31 2013 at 1:37 PM

I read yesterday that Mount Etna was active. What the freak is going on? (feeling nervous).

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tonymaunguyen December 31 2013 at 4:41 AM

I feel bad for people who live there and I'm sorry to here that. May God Bless You all

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CAROLYN tonymaunguyen December 31 2013 at 5:28 AM

Yea, my heart goes out to these people too. At least they were able to get out alive.

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Susan or Gerald December 31 2013 at 2:01 PM

Yellowstone is way past due.

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ae12wrangell Susan or Gerald December 31 2013 at 2:07 PM

25,000 years. Calm down.

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clarissa49 Susan or Gerald December 31 2013 at 2:32 PM

Definitely! A supervolcano just waiting to remind us just how fragile we are.

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ashkins1983 December 31 2013 at 4:21 AM

Yellowstone might be next. We all might as well kiss our butts goodbye then!

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hmadden December 31 2013 at 2:23 PM

400 years is just time enough for a volcano to take a deep breath...

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Kate hmadden December 31 2013 at 2:34 PM

That's about right, I agree. Time means nothing to a volcano.

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Michael Kate December 31 2013 at 3:19 PM

There truly is no time, its man made...there are only cycles.

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