Mt. Sinabung spews ash

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

A vol­cano in west­ern In­done­sia un­leashed a new burst high in­tothe sky, send­ing hot ash far down the slopes, an of­fi­cial said.

Au­thor­i­ties have been closely mon­i­tor­ing 8,070foot Mt. Sinabung on Su­ma­tra, one of In­done­sia’s main is­lands, since June 2, when the alert was raised to the high­est level be­cause of its grow­ing lava dome.

Hot ash tum­bled down the slopes of the moun­tain as far as 2miles, said an of­fi­cial at the mon­i­tor­ing post. No in­juries were re­ported fromthe lat­est erup­tion.

Vol­ca­nol­o­gists have warned that smol­der­ing rocks mixed with hot gases may tum­ble down at any time. More than 2,700 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated from vil­lages in the dan­ger zone.

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