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Volcano erupts for third time covering Indonesian villages in gray ash

Residents watch as a giant plume of steam and ash rise and hot lava rolls from the crater of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia's Sumatra island on Nov. 5, 2013. AFP - Getty Images

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted for the third time in as many months, spewing ash over 4 miles into the air and covering nearby villages in gray powder. The volcanic activity began on Sunday and more than 1200 people have been evacuated so far. The volcano surprised scientists in 2010 when it rumbled back to life after being dormant for centuries. Sinabung is one of 120 active volcanoes in the country which is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.

The ash from Sinabung volcano covers trees and houses at Mardingding village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, Nov. 5, 2013. Roni Bintang / Reuters
A woman stands outside her house as her front yard is covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung, in Mardingding, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 5, 2013. Binsar Bakkara / AP
Villagers walk on a road covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Tiga Nderket, North Sumatra, Nov. 5, 2013. Binsar Bakkara / AP
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 5, 2013. Binsar Bakkara / AP

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