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Indonesia Raises Alert For Volcano To Highest Level

Mount Sinabung unleashed fresh volcanic ash, and searing gas, prompting Indonesian authorities to raise the alert status. Nearly 20,000 people have been evacuated.

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Indonesian authorities raised the alert status for Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province to the highest level Sunday after the volcano sent gravel as high as 16,400 feet and hot gas down its slope.

In August 2010, the volcano erupted after being quiet for four centuries. It took many people by surprise, killing two people and forcing 30,000 others to flee.

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