18 Jul '11, 2am

Indonesia's Mount Lokon had its most violent eruption yesterday, sparking fresh panic.

Indonesia's Mount Lokon had its most violent eruption yesterday, sparking fresh panic.

Mount Lokon spewing thick smoke and ash yesterday. Dormant for years, the volcano roared back to life late last week, with yesterday morning's eruption releasing the greatest amount of energy so far. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JAKARTA: A volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption yet yesterday, spewing hot ash and smoke thousands of metres into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi Island, has been dormant for years, but rumbled back to life late last week. A series of overnight blasts on Thursday and Friday claimed one life - a woman who suffered a heart attack as she fled. But Mr Surono, a government volcanologist who uses only one name, said yesterday morning's eruption released the greatest amount of energy so far, shooting soot and debris 3,500m into the sky. 'We a...

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