Monday, July 31, 2006

Volcano's ashes cause evacuation in Indonesia

Thousands of villagers were evacuated after a volcano on an island off Indonesia's eastern coast started spewing lava and hot clouds, officials said Friday.

Mount Karangetang, one of the country's most active volcanos, is located on the Sulawesi island chain.

It started spewing lava and hot ash on Thursday, prompting officials to evacuate 3,941 people from five villages, said Iskandar Gobel, a North Sulawesi provincial secretary.

Police in the area said evacuations were continuing.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire,'' an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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