Thousands flee in terror as Indonesia volcano erupts and spews ash into sky

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A volcano has erupted in Indonesia, spewing ash and smoke into the sky, forcing 2,700 residents to flee their homes and move to safety.

The volcano in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara erupted on Sunday November 29, causing "hot clouds, lava and poisonous gas" to spew into surrounding areas.

Ash and smoke could be seen as high as four kilometers into the sky, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said.

Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the agency, told Reuters the eruption from the Mt. Ile Lewotolok volcano had caused panic among those living nearby.

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