Hot Ash Kills 3 When Indonesian Volcano Erupts

image.jpegThree people died and four others were critically injured Saturday after a highly active volcano in western Indonesia erupted violently, shooting hot ash and gases into the atmosphere, an official said. The victims were all farming on the slopes of Mount Sinabung, a rumbling volcano on Sumatra island, when they were consumed by clouds of hot gases, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “Seven people were exposed to the hot clouds, killing three and leaving four others in a critical condition,” he said in a statement, adding the injured had been taken to hospital. Several houses were also destroyed during the eruptions, which sent hot gases and columns of ash three kilometres (1.9 miles) into the sky, he added. The victims were farming within the “red zone”, an area four kilometres from the volcano declared off limits by government authorities for safety reasons. Read Article