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15 July 2011

Volcano re-erupts in Indonesia, triggering panic, massive evacuation: volcanology agency

JAKARTA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A volcano in Indonesia's North Sulawesi re-erupted at midnight Thursday, triggering panic and massive evacuation of the people living in the dangerous zone of 3. 5 kilometers from the volcano, the country's volcanology agency and disaster management agency reported early Friday.

Mount Lokon, which had an eruption Monday, erupted again at 23: 30 p.m. (1630 GMT), Thursday, spewing ash by up to 1,500 meters high and spreading hot lava to the slope, Farid Ruskan Bina, a volcanologist monitoring the volcano, told Xinhua.

The eruption triggered panic among residents living in the evacuation zone and forced thousands of them to flee, Furqon Sapid Setianto, an official of the National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency at the scene, told Xinhua by phone.

- Xinhua News