17 Jul 2011

Spectacular eruption at Indonesian volcano

9:10 pm on 17 July 2011

An Indonesian volcano saw its biggest eruption in weeks on Sunday, sending huge clouds of ash 3500 metres into the sky.

The 1580-metre Mount Lokon in Tomohon is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. It erupted in 1991, killing a Swiss tourist.

More than 5200 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters since the volcano erupted on Thursday and its alert status was placed on the highest level.