18 Jul '11, 9am

Indonesian volcano spews ash and smoke in biggest eruption

TOMOHON (Indonesia) - A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption 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's 10.35am eruption released the greatest amount of energy so far, shooting soot and debris 3,500m into the sky. "We're hoping this helped ease pressure building up behind the magma dome and that we'll now start seeing a reduction in activity," he said. "But it's too early to know." More than 33,000 people live along the slopes of...

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