30 Aug 2010

Thousands more seek shelter from Indonesia volcano

5:24 pm on 30 August 2010

An Indonesian volcano has erupted for a second day, disrupting flights and sending thousands more people into temporary shelters.

Airlines have been warned to avoid remote Mt Sinabung in northern Sumatra, after it sprang to life for the first time in 400 years on Sunday, AFP reports.

A government vulcanologist says smoke and ash from Monday's 15-minute eruption reached at least 2000 metres higher than than Sunday's eruption.

Two people died, one from breathing problems and the other from a heart attack, and two were hurt in road accidents as trucks, ambulances and buses were mobilised in the rescue operation.

The number of people living in temporary shelters has swelled by 3000, to 21,000 on Monday.