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Thousands flee as Indonesian volcano bursts to life

Christian Fernsby |
Thousands have fled the scene of a rumbling Indonesian volcano that burst to life for the first time in several years, belching a massive column of smoke and ash, the disaster agency said on Monday.

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The evacuatio came as Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted Sunday, spouting a thick tower of debris kilometers into the sky, triggering a flight warning and the closure of a local airport.

There were no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption.

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