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Volcano erupts, sends ash 500 metres high in eastern Indonesia

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A volcano on Indonesia’s Lembata island erupted on Friday, sending ash 500 metres into the sky, according to the country’s volcanology survey.

The alert status for Lewotolo volcano remains one level above normal and people are advised to stay away from a radius of two kilometres from the crater, said the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia.

There were no immediate indications of injuries or deaths related to the eruption.

The island has a population of around 100,000 but they don’t live in the volcano’s danger zone.

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Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals, and has about 128 active volcanoes.

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