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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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donlair1 January 01 2014 at 2:57 AM

The God of creation (Jesus is one of his names) continues to bring strong warnings to mankind through so called natural disasters. Our days are numbered. Thousand of religions have been developed by man in an effort to find a way out of the enevatible, death. God's law is written upon each heart (our conscience) but now that God has revealed the day of destruction due to our constant rebellion and sin these we will continue to see such happenings as we have since the world was created 13,000 years ago. You can see by the callous remarks of so many when lives can be lost the state of this world. By the way, the day of destruction is slated for Oct. 7th 2015. 1600 days after spiritual judgment begin on the world o May 21st 2011, and, 10,000 days after spiritual judgment begin on the christian churches on May 21st 1988. To learn more log on to wwwEBiblefellowship.com
What's more the door to Heaven is shut! It was closed by Jesus on May 21st 2011 by Jesus Christ himself as what he closes, no man can open. The entire world in now caught in a snare or trap set by God himself. Try as you may you cannot get out. There is no where to turn, even the Bible as it says in those days the moon (Bible) will not give it's light, or the hearing of the word can no longer save one soul. Sad but true.
don out.

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spgsaab January 01 2014 at 3:16 AM

donlair1, you choose to ignore any science or even common sense about the world. Since you refuse to see what is true, I hope you are at least consistent. I assume you do not use anything but 1st century medicine. I assume you only use a cart and donkey for transportation. I assume you only eat food available in the middle east in the 1st century. If you do not live as those in the 1st century, and you take advantage of any form of scientific progress, you are a hypocrite.

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kjm20005 January 01 2014 at 11:57 AM

donlair1 has spiritual knowledge from a time before you were born. It would be wise to respect that instead of being a doubting Thomas.

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Scooter January 01 2014 at 1:24 AM

that's hot

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manzeppi34 January 01 2014 at 1:21 AM

What does global warming have to do with Volcanic activity? And besides Al Gore's Global warming is nothing but sudo science. The issue of Global warm caused by humans is a huge fraud. Just like everything coming from the goverment media complex.

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wilsonmick January 01 2014 at 1:14 AM

Wonder how much CO2 and other green house gases are being emitted by this volcano per day?

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votefraud2 January 01 2014 at 12:33 AM

My Jesus have Mercy + + +

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dave you rock January 01 2014 at 2:33 AM

Baby Jesus that is

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darkfree January 01 2014 at 12:08 AM

There a much bigger cause besides man causing global warming . There are only 15-20 volcanos we can see and hundreds below the arctic waters melting the ice.

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slanted mofo January 01 2014 at 12:16 AM

If there are hundreds of volcanos below the arctic, and they're the cause of global warming, then why hasn't global warming existed for as long as those volcanos? Your theory fails.

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| January 03 2014 at 9:46 AM

SAID= EARTH CYCLE AT END AND RETREATED BACK SLOW A FEW DEGREES PASSING.MUCH IN FACTORS AS YOU HAVE SAID ARE TRUE.

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InaTwinkle January 01 2014 at 12:03 AM

Sad as it may be, that is life on this planet.

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EzinWy January 01 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Earth is just celebrating too - Happy New Year !

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Christina December 31 2013 at 11:05 PM

Funny how ignorant people can be. If you've ever traveled to other countries you would know how they "choose" to live there. There are usually generations upon generations living in the same place and doing the same work the generations before them did.

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twodomer December 31 2013 at 10:41 PM

Love a good volcanic eruption.

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