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Volcano kills 5, 'shoots smoke and ash 2,000m into the air'

A 5.0 earthquake hit 188km northwest of Indonesia, the US Geological Survey also said.

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Updated 12.40pm

INDONESIA’S NATIONAL DISASTER Mitigation Agency says a volcano has erupted in eastern Indonesia, killing five people and shooting smoke and ash up to 2,000 metres into the air.

The agency confirmed the eruption in a Tweet, saying Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early this morning and that the five were killed by lava flow.

The US Geological survey said a quake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale in the area.

Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area on Palue island. The volcano has been rumbling since October 2012.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 240 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.

Read: At least 54 dead in twin China quakes: government>

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