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Thousands flee as Mount Sinabung continues to erupt in Indonesia
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A wall of ash enveloped Indonesia's Mount Sinabung on Tuesday following a spectacular eruption that prompted further evacuations.

More than 20,000 people within a 4-mile "danger zone" have been forced from their homes due to ash, lava and poisonous gases in recent weeks.

The volcano has erupted sporadically since last September. The more than 100 eruptions reported in recent days have damaged crops and poisoned animals.

The volcano had lain dormant for four centuries before a deadly eruption in 2010.

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Mount Singabung spews ash into the air during an eruption in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Jan. 7, 2014.

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The Indonesian volcano has erupted relentlessly for months, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced.

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A woman carries her daughter in a nearby field as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Two boys wear plastic bags to cover their face from ash following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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An ash-covered motorcyclist speeds down a road covered with ash following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Villagers wear masks as they walk on a road covered with ash following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Hot lava runs down Mount Sinabung from a lava dome in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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A man stands in the back of a car as villagers evacuate their cattle through an area covered by ash following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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A villager carries a basket of tomatoes during a harvest in ash-covered fields following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Shoes are seen covered by ash in the fields following a further eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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