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Mount Sinabung eruption continues

By Xinhua
Mount Sinabung eruption continues

Mount Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from the Karo district in North Sumatra province, on May 25, 2016. (GATHA GINTING / AFP)

JAKARTA - Mount Sinabung in Indonesia's North Sumatra erupted again on Thursday, spewing a column of ash by up to 2.5 km to the sky, a volcanologist said.

The seismic activity of the volcano, which has been declared on top alert level, remains high and the potential of further eruption remains, said Hendra Gunawan, head of the department of volcano observation for western Indonesia at the national volcanology agency.

"Mount Sinabung erupted after midnight and this morning. The nearby community must be on alert for hot ashes and cold lava floods," he told Xinhua by phone.

The volcanology agency has declared a 6 km dangerous zone from the crater in the southeast and east of the volcano and 7 kilometers in the south, he said.

Mount Sinabung eruption continues

Villagers clean up volcanic ash that has accumulated on the streets, in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on May 24, 2016, after the eruption of Mount Sinabung. (ALBERT DAMANIK / AFP)

Seven farmers were killed while two others suffered serious injuries last week as they entered the dangerous zone, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, has told Xinhua.

Sixteen people were killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after a massive eruption occurred at the volcano in February 2014.

Mount Sinabung is one of Indonesia's 129 active volcanos located on a quake-prone zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire."

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