26 Nov 2013

Residents near volcano warned to evacuate

9:20 pm on 26 November 2013

Indonesia has ordered the evacuation of residents within 5km of an active volcano on the island of Sumatra.

Mount Sinabung has become increasingly active in recent months, sending columns of ash several kilometres into the air, with hot rocks falling through the roofs of houses.

Disaster management officials say more than 15,000 villages have already been moved to temporary shelters. They say further eruptions could be on the way as the intensity of volcanic activity increases, the BBC reports.

When Mount Sinabung last erupted in 2010, at least two people were killed and 30,000 others were displaced.

Before 2010, it had not erupted in 400 years. It is one of around 130 active volcanoes in the country.