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Indonesian Volcanic Eruption Kills at Least 11

01 February 2014 / All photos: ANP /

An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleased a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

Sinabung in western Sumatra has been erupting for four months, sending lava and searing gas and rocks rolling down its southern slopes. Authorities had evacuated more than 30,000 people, housing them in cramped tents, schools and public buildings. Many have been desperate to return to check on homes and farms, presenting a dilemma for the government.

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Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash and lava near Karo, North Sumatra on January 10, 2014. An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on January 4, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said.

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In this picture taken on January 11, 2014, a villager rides his cart on a muddy road, in Karo, North Sumatra province, after the eruption of Mount Sinabung.

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A farmer cleans her crops which are covered with volcanic ash as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 12 January 2014.

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An Indonesian farmer dries rice at a field as Mounth Sinabung spews out volcanic material in the background as it is seen from Berastepu village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 15 January 2014.

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Mount Sinabung volcano spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Jeraya village, Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 16 January 2014.

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An Indonesian villager works on his farm as mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke at Kuta Tonggal village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia,16 January 2014.

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An Indonesian villager cleans the roof of a house covered with volcanic ash as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic smokes at Sibintun village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 16 January 2014.

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An Indonesian villager rides his motorcycle past a damaged tree as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke, at Sigarang Garang village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 16 January 2014.

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An Indonesian man wearing a mask stands against Sinabung volcano while it spews thick smoke and hot ash in Karo on January 16, 2014.

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Indonesian villagers ride on a motorbike as mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke as seen from Jeraya village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 17 January 2014.

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A villager in Karo district bathes in the river while Mount Sinabung erupts spewing lava and giant ash clouds on January 21, 2014.

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A villager inspects a collapsed house covered in volcanic ashfall from Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo district on January 22, 2014.

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In this night time long-exposure photograph taken on January 27, 2014 from Karo district, molten lava flow downs from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption

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A woman flees as Mount Sinabung erupts near Bekerah village, in Karo district, North Sumatra, on February 1, 2014

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A man looks on as Mount Sinabung erupts near Bekerah village, in Karo district, North Sumatra, on February 1, 2014. Three men were burned and taken to hospital after being engulfed in heat clouds of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia, local officials said.

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Indonesian residents rescue a victim following eruptions of Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on February 1, 2014. At least eleven people were killed and three others treated for burn injuries on February 1 after being engulfed in scorching clouds from Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said.

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Indonesian residents (R) attemp to rescue victims following eruptions of Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on February 1, 2014.

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Indonesian residents rescue a victim following eruptions of Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on February 1, 2014

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Mounth Sinabung spews volcanic materials in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 01 February 2014

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The body of a victim is covered with hot volcanic ash at a village in Karo district following eruptions of Mount Sinabung located in Indonesia's Sumatra island on February 1, 2014

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A victim's body lies amongst ash following eruptions of Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on February 1, 2014

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Rescuers recover the body of a victim at a village in Karo district following eruptions of Mount Sinabung located in Indonesia's Sumatra island on February 1, 2014.

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A resident runs away to escape from hot volcanic ash clouds engulfing villages in Karo district during the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano located in Indonesia's Sumatra island on February 1, 2014