Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

December 19, 2014 9:52 AM

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TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and sending a group of hikers to scramble to safety, leaving nine injured and one missing, an official said.

Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot thick gray smoke up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the sky just before midnight Thursday, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency.

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