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Mount Etna and Mount Sinabung erupt, spewing ash and lava into the sky
Monday, November 25th, 2013

Italy's Mount Etna and Mount Sinabung in Indonesia have both erupted, spewing ash and lava into the sky while showering volcanic debris on surrounding areas.

Monday's volcanic eruption in Indonesia brought more strife to those in the area surrounding Mount Sinabung, which has been erupting off-and-on since September.

The latest eruptions, which reached as high as 6,500 feet, forced about 15,000 people to evacuate 17 villages.

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, showered volcanic ash on towns along the mountain's slopes and on Saturday, although none were forced to evacuate. Etna's last major eruption happened in 1992.

Mount Etna erupts
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Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania on November 17, 2013. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

(DARIO AZZARO - AFP/Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung ash
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Indonesian motorists wear masks while passing through an area covered by thick ash as Sinabung volcano continues spewing volcanic materials and thick smoke into the air in Karo on November 9, 2013. About 1,710 people have been evacuated since Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia spectacularly erupted, according to Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency.

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Mount Sinabung smoke
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Mount Sinabung spewing pyroclastic smoke is seen from Tigapancur village on November 25, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has been intermittently erupting since September, erupted eight times in just a few hours on Sunday. Officials have reported of rocks raining down over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The Indonesian government has called for people living within five kilometres (3.1 miles) of the volcano, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, to evacuate their homes as the volcanology agency raised the alert level for the volcano to the highest point on a four-stage scale.

(Ulet Ifansasti - Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung smoke2
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Mount Sinabung pyroclastic smoke, seen from Berastepu village on November 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has been intermittently erupting since September, has erupted eight times in just a few hours overnight. Officials have reported of rocks raining down over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The Indonesian government has called for people living within five kilometres (3.1 miles) of the volcano, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, to evacuate their homes as the volcanology agency raised the alert level for the volcano to the highest point on a four-stage scale.

(Ulet Ifansasti - Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung birds
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Birds fly as Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash into the air in Karo on November 24, 2013. Sinabung volcano in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, 'raining down rocks' over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes, officials said on November 24.

(SUTANTA ADITYA - AFP/Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung motorbike
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A villager travels on a motorbike as Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash in Karo on November 24, 2013. Sinabung volcano in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, 'raining down rocks' over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes, officials said on November 24.

(IVAN DAMANIK - AFP/Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung photo
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A man takes a picture with his phone as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke seen from Tigapancur village on November 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has been intermittently erupting since September, has erupted eight times in just a few hours overnight. Officials have reported of rocks raining down over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The Indonesian government has called for people living within five kilometres (3.1 miles) of the volcano, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, to evacuate their homes as the volcanology agency raised the alert level for the volcano to the highest point on a four-stage scale.

(Ulet Ifansasti - Getty Images)
Mount Sinabung church
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Villagers stand outside a church following another eruption of Mount Sinabung at Simpang Empat village on November 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has been intermittently erupting since September, has erupted eight times in just a few hours overnight. Officials have reported of rocks raining down over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The Indonesian government has called for people living within five kilometres (3.1 miles) of the volcano, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, to evacuate their homes as the volcanology agency raised the alert level for the volcano to the highest point on a four-stage scale.

(Ulet Ifansasti - Getty Images)
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