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Six people have been killed in a volcanic eruption in Indonesia.

Mount Rokatenda, on the tiny island of Palue in East Nusa Tenggara Province spewed ash and rocks into the air over the weekend leaving four adults and two children dead.

The volcano, 2000km east of the capital Jakarta, has been active since last October.

Nearly 3000 people have been evacuated from the area.

There are 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale has also hit the country this weekend. It jolted the Maluku islands but there have been no reports of damage or fatalities.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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