facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Indonesian volcano mudslides kill three

Dec. 28, 2011 at 7:30 AM   |   Comments

JAKARTA, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Cold lava mud and debris flows from Mount Gamalama in eastern Indonesia swept several villages on the slopes, killing at least three people, authorities said.

The volcano in Ternate on northern Maluku Island came to life earlier this month and began erupting, spewing clouds of searing ash, the Jakarta Post reported Wednesday.

Provincial spokesman Andi Arief said the cold lava slides destroyed several houses in the villages.

"Initial data cited that three people died, while many other residents (were) evacuated to a school building and the former North Maluku governor's office," Andi said in a statement.

The mud flooding was created by heavy rainfall, China's Xinhua news agency reported, quoting a disaster management agency spokesman.

Volcanic ash covered several villages in the area, the Post said. Authorities urged residents to remain alert.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
Brazil Air Force, Saab discuss Gripen procurement deal
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback