15 Jul '11, 3am

Central Indonesian volcano erupts; residents flee

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in central Indonesia spit lava and smoke thousands of feet into the air early Friday, sending panicked residents fleeing down its slopes. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The first eruption at Mount Lokon occurred at 10:46 p.m. Thursday, said Brian Rulrone, a disaster management agency official. It was followed by a second powerful blast just after midnight and a third at 1:10 a.m. Friday. Darwis Sitinjak, another disaster official, told El Shinta radio from the scene that soldiers and police were helping rescuers evacuate about 500 people who live along the mountain's fertile slopes. They joined 2,000 others who fled Wednesday after being warned to stay far from the 5,741-foot (1,750-meter) volcano, which has been on high alert for nearly a week, with small eruptions daily. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million peop...

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