A hot lava volcano, which erupted in a small island in Indonesia on Saturday, has claimed the lives of six people, and prompted an evacuation of nearly 3,000 nearby residents.
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Hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village on a small island in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke from the volcano shot about a mile into the air, officials said.
Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, and nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area on Palue island, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
The volcano has been rumbling since last October.
The victims who died included three adults and two children, said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, adding that the age of the sixth person killed was unclear.
He said that the adults’ bodies were recovered from Ponge beach in Rokirole village, but that the children’s remains had not been found.
Video footage on Indonesia’s TVOne showed giant plumes of white and gray smoke and ash belching from the volcano into a sunny blue sky.
Prior to Saturday’s eruption, many residents had already been moved to safer areas.
The disaster agency said the volcano spewed ash and smoke about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the air.
The eruption lasted about seven minutes, said Frans Wangge, who heads the volcano’s monitoring post. He said the hot lava burned trees around the beach and villages, and made it difficult to reach the area where the victims were killed.
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