Indonesian volcano spews new burst of ash

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September 3, 2010 13:45

 
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TANAH KARO, Indonesia – An Indonesian volcano that was quiet for four centuries shot a new, powerful burst of hot ash more than 10,000 feet (three kilometers) in the air Friday, sending frightened residents fleeing to safety for the second time this week.

The tremor from the eruption — the strongest so far — could be felt five miles (eight kilometers) away.

A new alert was issued several hours before Friday's blast.

Some people trudged back down the slopes, carrying blankets, clothes and food, but others insisted on staying, even after the new explosion, which caused the entire mountain to shake for five minutes.

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