Volcano erupts on Indonesian island killing six people

Volcano erupts on Indonesian island killing six people

A volcano eruption on a tiny island in Indonesia has killed six people, including two children.

Mount Rokatenda, on the island of Palue, sent spewing hot ash and rocks into the air on Saturday, AFP reports.

An official confirmed the deaths of four adults and two children who died when fast-moving red-hot ash reached a nearby beach.

According to the BBC, the volcano had been rumbling since late 2012, forcing hundreds of people to be evacuated.

Mr Surano, a spokesman from Indonesia's volcanology agency, said many villagers had become accustomed to the volcanic activity and ignored the evacuation order.

He urged villagers to stay clear of the affected area.

Indonesia sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, which leaves it prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.

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