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Wall of Ash Envelops Indonesia Volcano

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Mount Sinabung spews ash into the air during an eruption near from Karo, North Sumatra on January 7, 2014. An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on January 4, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said. SUTANTA ADITYA / AFP - Getty Images

Ash spewing from Indonesia's Mount Sinabung formed a massive cloud around the mountain on Tuesday.

Image: Sinabung volcano eruption in Indonesia
A man sips a drink in Suka Ndebi village as Mount Sinabung spews out volcanic material on Jan. 7. JEFRI TARIGAN / EPA
Image: Public bus travels between trees covered by ash from Mount Sinabung volcano at Tiga Pancur village in Karo district
A public bus travels between trees covered by ash from Mount Sinabung at Tiga Pancur village in Karo district on Jan. 6. YT HARYONO / Reuters

The volcano in the province of North Sumatra has been erupting sporadically for several months, damaging crops and triggering the evacuation of more than 19,000 villagers. 

An eruption in 2010 killed two people and caught scientists off guard because the volcano had been quiet for four centuries. 

— The Associated Press contributed to this report