• 2 INDON VOLCANOES ERUPT

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    KARO, Indonesia: Two volcanoes erupted in Indonesia on Monday, with one forcing flights to be rerouted and stopping thousands of people who had already been evacuated from returning home. Mount Sinabung on western Sumatra island, which has been erupting on and off since mid-September, shot volcanic ash around 8,000 meters into the air, the Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Center said. On the main island of Java, Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, spewed a column of ash and smoke some 2,000 meters in the morning, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. He said the eruption, which was triggered by small earthquakes, prompted around 600 families to rush to evacuation posts but they were returning home as there was no imminent threat.

    AFP

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