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CNN reports that at least 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes, quoting the country’s National Disaster Management Agency – while AFP suggests that around half of that number live in three villages within 4km of the volcano’s western peak.
“The volcano is still in the phase of eruption,” it quotes another volcanologist as saying. “We detected lava slow which reached as far as 1,800 metres.”
Though there were no reports of injuries as yet, several houses and a church had been damaged. Kerangetang last erupted in August, killing four people.
Its eruption came just after another Indonesian volcano in the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, Mount Merapi, buried 21 houses on Saturday night.
The Jakarta Post reports that heavy rains on Saturday afternoon helped to mute its damage, though the floods also helped to distribute the hot emissions from the volcano, as hot sand and stone washed through local villages.