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Lava, clouds of hot ash erupt from a volcano in western Indonesia, but no casualties

Authorities say a volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky has let out a new burst, triggering panic.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says nine new eruptions Tuesday sent lava and searing gas tumbling up to 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) down the slopes of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province, but no casualties were reported.

It started spitting gas and lava up to 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) in the air late Monday.

Nugroho says about 19,000 villagers have been evacuated from a danger zone 5 kilometers (3 miles) around the crater.

The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since September. An eruption in 2010 caught scientists off guard because it had been quiet for four centuries.