Thousands of Indonesian villagers have fled over the last three days as a series of eruptions spewed rocks and red-hot ash around Mount Sinabung, a volcano in northern Sumatra.
The 8,530-foot volcano erupted Sunday after being dormant for three years, sending thick ash into the sky with small rocks pelting neighboring villages.
Authorities prepared temporary shelters for evacuees as further eruptions took place on Tuesday, though classes continued at a local elementary school with pupils wearing masks to protect them from the ash.
-- The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse
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First published September 17 2013, 6:46 AM