30,000 flee as volcano erupts -- after 400 years
An Indonesian volcano which has been dormant for four centuries erupted for the second day yesterday, shooting clouds of hot ash more than a mile into the air.
More than 30,000 people were forced to flee from their homes. Some domestic airplanes had to be diverted because of poor visibility.
Many villagers living along the slopes of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province wore masks as they headed to emergency shelters, mosques and churches, said Andi Arief, a presidential adviser on disasters.
While two people died -- a 64-year-old woman from respiratory problems and a 52-year-old man from a heart attack -- it was too early to say if the volcano was to blame, said Priyadi Kardono of the National Disaster Management Agency.