Deadly Indonesia volcano eruption

Updated at 12:55 pm on 2 February 2014

A volcano has erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra engulfing nearby villages with hot ash and killing at least 14 people.

Mount Sinabung has been active with low-level eruptions for months and on Saturday spewed lava, rocks and gas into the air.

An emergency official says said schoolchildren from a group on a sightseeing trip are among the dead. Rescue workers were recovering bodies buried in ash.

Scorching ash threatened Bekerah village and other settlements in Karo district.
Scorching ash threatened Bekerah village and other settlements in Karo district.

Photo: AFP

Thousands were evacuated in September when Mount Sinabung erupted after being dormant for three years. Many were allowed back to their homes on Friday.

When the volcano erupted in 2010, at least two people were killed and 30,000 others were displaced. Before then, Sinabung had not erupted in 400 years.

Molten lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinaberg on 27 January during a series of eruptions.Molten lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinaberg on 27 January during a series of eruptions.

Photo: AFP

In January more than 25,000 people were moved out of a five-kilometre radius of the volcano as lava poured from the crater and a series of explosions occurred. C/- Radio New Zealand.

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