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Volcano erupts in western Indonesia, killing 6 people

  • Rescuers rush to help villagers to evacuate their homes following the eruption of Mt. Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The volcano in western Indonesian unleashed hot clouds of ash on Saturday, killing several villagers, an official said. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Rescuers rush to help villagers to evacuate their homes following the eruption of Mt. Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The volcano in western Indonesian unleashed hot clouds of ash on Saturday, killing several villagers, an official said. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indonesian soldiers carry people's belongings during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The volcano in western Indonesian unleashed hot clouds of ash on Saturday, killing several villagers, officals said. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Indonesian soldiers carry people's belongings during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The volcano in western Indonesian unleashed hot clouds of ash on Saturday, killing several villagers, officals said. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • A villager carries his belonging during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The volcano in western Indonesian unleashed hot clouds of ash on Saturday, killing several villagers, oficials said. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    A villager carries his belonging during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The volcano in western Indonesian unleashed hot clouds of ash on Saturday, killing several villagers, oficials said. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)  (The Associated Press)

Rescuers have found more bodies after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia, raising the death toll to six, an official said Sunday.

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted 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 mountain had been dormant for four centuries before reviving in 2010, killing two people. An eruption in 2014 killed 16 people.

All the victims of Saturday's eruption were working on their farms in the village of Gamber, about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the slope, or within the danger area. Video images showed dead farm animals covered in dust.

Nugroho said soldiers, police, and rescuers from disaster combatting agencies, as well as volunteers and villagers, were searching for more possible victims.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.