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Indonesian Volcano Spews Ash, Lava: Official

5/24/2010 12:20 AM ET

An active volcano erupted in Indonesia, spewing ash and lava more than a mile into the sky, damaging crops but not yet endangering the safety of villagers, an official said Sunday.

Mount Baru Jari on Lombok island, near Bali and active for several months, erupted thrice between Saturday night and early Sunday, said the island's volcano-monitoring official.

"From yesterday (Saturday) evening to early today (Sunday), the volcano erupted three times and was accompanied by tremors. The first eruption spewed ash and lava 1,500 to 2,000 meters high," he said, adding Sunday's eruption was "big".

Lava flowed into a lake, pushing its temperature by 14 degrees Celsius, from 21 degrees Celsius to 35 Celsius, he said. The smoke spread as far as 7.44 miles (12 kms) and dozens of acres of crop land were covered by ash. But the eruptions did not reach dangerous levels yet, so villagers were not evacuated, he added.

by RTT Staff Writer

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