Stunning photos show Indonesia volcano's second eruption this year

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Stunning photos show Indonesia volcano's second eruption this year


A volcano eruption in Indonesia has displaced hundreds and covered thousands more in ash.

Mount Sinabung, in the Sumatra region of the island nation, began erupting Tuesday. This is the second eruption at the volcano this year.

The volcanic ash has brought nearly all business and tourism grinding to a halt, locals say.

"Business here is paralyzed," Fhandi, a fruit trader in the city Berastagi, told The Jakarta Post. Offices and schools remain open, but are sparsely attended.

Residents have fled to a different part of town they believe is safe from any lava flows, the paper reported.

Officials told the Post they have provided masks for all people to keep them from breathing in the ash.

Spectacular images show ash and smoke billowing into the sky as lava oozes down the side of the mountain, which also erupted last year.

A further 33,000 were evacuated from their homes.

Mount Sinabung had been dormant for 400-years prior to 2013. Last year's eruption killed 14 people, according to the paper.

This latest eruption has resulted in 3,287 evacuations. The government expects them to be back in their homes by the end of the year.

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