An Indonesian volcano has erupted for the second time in as many weeks, spewing hot ash almost three miles into the sky.
Mount Sinabung, an active volcano on the western Sumatra island, erupted at around 3.30pm local time (8.30am GMT) on Wednesday.
Officials in the country released a statement confirming that there had been no casualties after the eruption, but thousands of people have reportedly been affected by ash rain.
According to local news site Netral, the ash rain fell in Sukanalu, Tonggal Town, Central Kuta, Gamber, Berastepu, Jeraya and Iron Door, as well as a number of other villages.
The volcano has been at the highest alert level since its first eruption four years ago, when six people were killed and tens of thousands of local residents were evacuated.
Sinabung had also erupted nine days ago, on December 18.
The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency urged residents to stay alert, and not to enter the three to seven kilometre danger zone around the crater.
Indonesia straddles the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, where several tectonic plates meet and cause 90% of the world’s seismic activity, according to the US Geological Survey.
The country has almost 130 active volcanoes – more than any other nation.
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