Locals preparing for evacuations after two Indonesian volcanoes erupt
Two volcanoes have erupted in Indonesia, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations.
State volcanologists said Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province unleashed volcanic ash as high as 26,246 feet, the highest of its eruptions in recent days.
The 8,530ft peak has sporadically erupted since September after being dormant for three years.
The transportation ministry has issued a notice for all airlines to avoid routes around the mountain.
Hours earlier, Mount Merapi - Indonesia's most volatile volcano in Central Java - spewed volcanic ash around 6,500 feet into the sky, causing ash to fall in several towns.
National Disaster Management officials said about 600 families have been gathered for possible evacuation.