Volcano erupts in Sumatra, Indonesia, spews ash

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The most active volcano in Sumatra island of Indonesia erupted on Wednesday, spewing volcanic ash by up to 1.5 kilometers to the west, Head of National Volcanology Agency Surono said here.

Mount Merapi locally known as Gunung Merapi located in West Sumatra erupted at 16:39 p.m. Jakarta time (0939 GMT), and the agency has warned the people to stay away from the radius of three kilometers from the crater, said Surono.

"If rains come down, the people living in downstream of s river whose upstream is on the slope of Merapi must be cautious over the flood of lava," Surono told Xinhua over the phone.

Gunung Merapi, 2,891 meters high, has erupted for more than 50 times, typically consisting of small-to-moderate explosive activity, since the end of the 18th century.

More than 80 people were killed on its explosion in 1975, 1979 and 1992.

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