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#1 Red alert after Indonesian volcano eruptsSonnabendGuest08-29-2010, 09:18 AM
INDONESIA has issued a red alert after the Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted, spewing smoke and ash 1.5 kilometres into the air and sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes. A thick blanket of acrid black smoke is shrouding the area, disaster officials said on Sunday, although no casualties have been reported.
"Initially we thought the ash and smoke were triggered by rain but now we know the driving pressure was from magma," Surono, head of the nation's volcano disaster alert centre, told Agence France-Presse.
"It's clearly dangerous so we've raised the warning to the highest level, or red level," he added."From the crater, it shot smoke and volcanic ash 1500 metres into the sky."
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