Hundreds of people evacuated as Indonesia’s Mount Karangetang erupts

Hundreds of people evacuated as Indonesia’s Mount Karangetang erupts

An eruption of one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes sent lava and searing gas clouds out of the crater, causing villagers to flee the slopes, volcanology officials said on Tuesday.

Authorities were still trying to evacuate nearly 600 residents living along the slopes of Mount Karangetang, said Yudia Tatipang, head of the Karangetang volcano observation post.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The 1,784-meter (5,853-foot) volcano located on Siau island of North Sulawesi province started spitting clouds of gas and lava on Sunday.

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