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Indonesia’s Sinabung and Merapi volcanoes erupt

Indonesia’s Sinabung and Merapi volcanoes erupt
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials as it erupts as seen from Medan, about 70km from Sinabung, North Sumatra, Indonesia, today, Nov 18, 2013. Two volcanoes erupted today in Indonesia, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations, official said. Photo: AP
Published: 3:02 PM, November 18, 2013

MEDAN — Two volcanoes have erupted in Indonesia, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations.

State volcanologist Surono said Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province unleashed volcanic ash as high as 8,000m, the highest of its eruptions in recent days.

The 2,600-metre-high mountain has sporadically erupted since September after being dormant for three years.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said his office has issued a notice today (Nov 18) for all airlines to avoid routes around the mountain.

Hours earlier, Mount Merapi, Indonesia most volatile volcano in Central Java, spewed volcanic ash around 2,000m into the sky, causing ash to fall in several towns.

National Disaster Management official Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said about 600 families have been gathered for possible evacuation. AP