Indonesia volcano eruptions: ‘Mount Sangeang erupts for third time’

Image copyright AFP Image caption This picture shows the peak of Sangeang Api in Lampung province An Indonesian volcano has erupted for the third time in less than three months. The eruption of Sangeang…

Indonesia volcano eruptions: 'Mount Sangeang erupts for third time'

Image copyright AFP Image caption This picture shows the peak of Sangeang Api in Lampung province

An Indonesian volcano has erupted for the third time in less than three months.

The eruption of Sangeang Api on Indonesia’s Lampung island sent ash 50km (30 miles) into the air and sent thick columns of choking gas spewing into the air, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

At least one person died and dozens were injured.

The sume of gas and ash forced 1,500 people to evacuate their homes, said the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

It also advised those in surrounding villages to stay indoors and eat only boiled vegetables or rice.

On Friday, eruption at the 17,500-metre (52,000ft) peak affected 34 homes and 12,000 residents.

One person was killed when an ash cloud hit the home he was sheltering in, the disaster agency said.

More than 2,000 people had been displaced in the past three months due to the eruption.

Indonesia is prone to volcanic eruptions because of its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a collection of volcanoes and fault lines.

In 1883, Mount Tambora in Bali killed more than 1,200 people.

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