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The Lokon volcano erupts near Tomohon. The Indonesian volcano erupted late July 14, spewing rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air, three days after its alert status was raised to the highest level - AFP.
An Indonesian volcano has erupted, spewing rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air, an official said Friday, just days after its alert status was raised to the highest level.
There has been a significant rise in volcanic activity at Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island since June 9, prompting more than 4,400 people to flee.
"There was a big eruption around 10:31pm local time (1531 GMT Thursday), which saw ash, sand and rocks thrown 1,500 metres (4,800 feet) into the air," government volcanologist Kristianto told AFP.
Grass and shrubs in an area stretching 500 metres around the volcano were on fire but there was no immediate danger to people living nearby, he said.
The volcano's status was raised to its highest red alert level after it spewed ash 500 metres into the air over the weekend, leading to a 3.5-kilometre (two-mile) evacuation zone being established in case of a bigger eruption.
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