Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Volcano In Indonesia Erupting.

KUPANG, Indonesia (AFP) — Hundreds of Indonesians have fled their homes after a volcano erupted spewing ash and smoke thousands of metres into the air, authorities said Wednesday.

Breathing masks and clean water have been rushed to the eastern island of Flores where the 1,703-metre (5,587-foot) high Mount Egon erupted late Tuesday, they said.

Indonesia's vulcanology office said 600 people from a village near the crater had been evacuated, but a local official said 23,000 were living in the danger zone.

Authorities were thrown into confusion by the eruption, which came at around 10:15 pm (1315 GMT) as they prepared for district elections Wednesday.

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