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Volcano erupts for first time since 1600

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Volcano erupts for first time since 1600


Last time the Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, Queen Elizabeth the First still had three years left on the throne of England.

Now, after rumbling for several days, the volcano in Indonesia has finally blown, sending plumes of smoke 1500 metres into the air.

Around twelve thousand people have had to be evacuated from their homes in the mainly agricultural area on the slopes.

Its the first time Mount Sinabung in the north of Sumatra has erupted for 410 years. There are no reports of casualties, nor of aviation being affected.

Lava has also begun to flow from the crater.

Indonesia is located on the so-called “Rim of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin.

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