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Erupting volcano forces Indonesian villagers to flee homes

Mount Lokon in north Sulawesi province has a history of violent eruptions; its last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker.

Mount Lokon spews volcanic smoke in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Mount Lokon spews volcanic smoke in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Image: Grace Wakary/AP/Press Association Images

ALMOST ONE THOUSAND villagers have been forced to flee their homes in Indonesia due to an erupting volcano, which has been spewing smoke for several days.

Mount Lokon in north Sulawesi province has a history of violent eruptions and was placed on the highest level of alert last Sunday; it has been experiencing small eruptions every day since, reports CBS.

The mountain in north Sulawesi province is one of about 129 active volcanos in Indonesia.

Its last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Additional reporting by the AP

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