27 Dec '11, 4am

Indonesia volcano eruption panics villagers [StraitsTimes Asia]

JAKARTA (AFP) - One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes erupted on Tuesday, spewing clouds of ash and panicking villagers but no evacuation has been ordered so far, a government vulcanologist said. The first eruption at Mount Lokon was at 3.07am (3.07am Singapore time) followed by two more bursts within minutes, Farid Bina told AFP from a monitoring post near the volcano on Sulawesi island. 'The eruption was heard as far as five kilometres (three miles) away, causing panic among villagers living close to the volcano,' he said, adding that winds blew volcanic ash to villages up to five kilometres to the east and northeast. 'Two villages with about 10,000 people each have been affected by the ash, which stopped later in the morning,' he added.

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