11 Aug 2013

Six dead in Indonesia volcano eruption

8:06 am on 11 August 2013

A volcano on a tiny island in Indonesia has erupted, spewing ash and rocks high into the air and killing six people.

Mount Rokatenda on the island of Palue had been rumbling since late last year and a three kilometre exclusion zone was set up after an eruption last October.

Disaster officials say hot ash covered a nearby beach, killing four adults and two children, the BBC reports

Indonesia's volcanology agency says those killed were within the restricted zone. It says many villagers had become accustomed to the volcanic activity and ignored the mandatory evacuation order.

Palue is 4 kilometres wide and is home to some 10,000 people. The island is about 2000 kilometres east of Jakarta, and lies a short distance off the north coast of Flores, the main island in East Nusa Tenggara province.