Indonesia's Mount Lokon volcano spews ash into sky

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Posted: Jul 16, 2011 3:03 AM
Indonesia's Mount Lokon volcano spews ash into sky

A rumbling volcano in Indonesia has shot ash into the air in three relatively minor eruptions. No injuries were reported.

Thousands of residents near Mount Lokon have been forced to flee since the volcano was put on high alert.

Volcano monitoring official Ferry Rusmawan says Mount Lokon spewed thick gray ash more than 2,600 feet (800 meters) in the air early Saturday.

The 5,741-foot (1,750-meter) mountain on Sulawesi island remains active after three powerful blasts this week. More than 6,000 evacuees are now crammed into shelters out of the danger zone.

Operations at a nearby international airport were not affected by Saturday's eruptions.

Mount Lokon is one of Indonesia's 129 active volcanos. Its last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker.