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Indonesia on 'highest alert' as Mount Sinabung volcano rumbles

More than 6,000 residents living near the Mount Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island have been told to evacuate.

According to National Disaster Management Agency, the alert for Sinabung volcano has been raised to the highest level.

“Such a condition has the potential to result in avalanches from the lava dome, followed by block-and-ash flows as far as seven kilometers from the peak to the south and southeast of the volcano,” The Jakarta Globe has written quoting the National Disaster Management Agency.

Last year, Mount Sinabung volcano eruption killed sixteen people and temporarily displaced tens of thousands of people.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes located in North Sumatra province of Indonesia.