Panicked residents of a mountainside village in western Indonesia were forced to scramble from their homes when a nearby volcano erupted late on Saturday night.
Women and children were packed into vans and driven away from Mount Sinabung as it spurted gas and lava just after midnight in Northern Sumatra province.
Natural disaster authorities said more than 50 eruptions occurred, with rocks and debris landing three miles away from the mountain, though no casualties have been reported.
The volcano was still spitting gas and lava as high as 13,00 feet this morning.
A spokesman for the country’s disaster mitigation agency confirmed a danger zone had been mapped out at three miles from the crater’s mouth, but was extended an extra mile.
Soldiers joined rescue efforts in two village, Jewara and Pintu Besi, where houses and farms were covered in grey dust.
More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from villages…
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