Hundreds flee as Indonesian volcano erupts

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More than 500 residents were evacuated after a volcano in central Indonesia erupted over the weekend, spewing hot ash and lava that killed five people, officials said Monday.
Authorities said Monday the 500 evacuees from Palue have been moved to the neighboring island of Flores after Saturday\’s deadly eruption of Mount Rokatenda. Thousands more are awaiting evacuation.
Rokatenda has been showing signs of increased activity since October.
Thousands of Palue residents had already evacuated to Flores before the latest eruption.
Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "Ring of Fire" between the Pacific and Indian oceans.
At least 350 people died and 250,000 were displaced when Mount Merapi in central Java erupted in 2010.
Source: Agencies

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