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Indonesia Orders Mass Evacuation As Alert Raised On Sumatra Volcano

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November 24, 2013 AT 4:23 AM
Indonesia ordered the evacuation of 15,000 residents near an active volcano in the west of the vast archipelago as authorities raised the alert for the emergency to the highest level. Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra has become increasingly active in recent months, spewing columns of ash several km into the air. Authorities expanded the evacuation radius to 5 km from 3 km and the military geared up to move residents out. Sinabung is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the world's fourth-most populated country, which straddles the "Pacific Ring of Fire".