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Seven killed as Sumatra volcano erupts

Do Not UseDo Not Use 22/05/2016
Indonesian soldiers search an area following a deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano in Gamber Village, North Sumatra, Indonesia 22 May 2016: The search for injured people is hampered by a continuous current of ashes. © Reuters The search for injured people is hampered by a continuous current of ashes.

Seven people have been killed after a volcano in western Indonesia erupted, blasting clouds of volcanic ash 3km (2 miles) into the sky.

Villagers inspect the path of a pyroclastic flow from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016.: Villagers inspect the path of ash and rocks from the eruption of Mount Sinabung. © AP Villagers inspect the path of ash and rocks from the eruption of Mount Sinabung.

The victims were farming in an area that was declared unsafe because of its close proximity to Mount Sinabung.

Villagers board a truck as they are transported from their homes too close to the danger zone following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday 22 May 2016.: Other make for safety, leaving most of their possessions behind © AP Other make for safety, leaving most of their possessions behind

The volcano was still spewing ash on Sunday, hampering rescue operations.

Workers prepare coffins for the victims of the eruption of Mt. Sinabung at a hospital in Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, 22 May 2016.: The victims were all farming in the exclusion zone around the volcano © AP The victims were all farming in the exclusion zone around the volcano

More than a dozen people were killed when it erupted in 2014. It also erupted in 2010, after having been dormant for 400 years.

Rescue teams are still scouring the area, looking for more victims who may have been killed or badly burned by the hot gas and ash clouds released in the eruption.

Rescue teams were searching homes and farms in the village of Gamber, which was also evacuated in 2014.

What causes volcanoes?

The 2,460-metre (8,070 foot) tall volcano is among the country's most active.

Indonesia, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, has more than 120 active volcanoes.

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