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7 dead after volcano erupts in Indonesia

At least seven people died after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia on Sunday. Local media reported that two people are in critical condition.

7 dead after volcano erupts in Indonesia

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province erupted spewing volcanic ash as high as 3 kilometers (2 miles) into the sky on Saturday, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said ash tumbled down the slopes as far as 4.5 kilometers (3 miles) westward into a river.

The victims of the eruption were working on their farms in the village of Gamber, about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the slope. The photos captured by local authorities on Sunday showed evidence of pyroclastic flows - a fast-moving cloud of hot volcanic gases, rocks and ash - in the village.

Nata Nail, an official at the local Disaster Management Agency, said a man died Sunday at a hospital. Nail added that rescuers including soldiers, police, and personnel from disaster combating agencies, as well as volunteers and villagers, halted search operations after they found there were no more victims or villagers inside the danger zone.

Meanwhile, some villagers were stopped by security personnel from entering the village. The villagers wanted to take their abandoned belongings. Mount Sinabung had been dormant for four centuries before reviving in 2010, killing two people.