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Hundreds Evacuated After Indonesia Volcano Erupts

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 Mount Rokatenda spews volcanic material as it erupts on Palue island, Indonesia, Aug. 11, 2013.

Mount Rokatenda spews volcanic material as it erupts on Palue island, Indonesia, Aug. 11, 2013.

Indonesian emergency officials say they have evacuated more than 500 residents from a tiny island where a volcano has erupted, killing at least five people, including two children.

Authorities said Monday the 500 evacuees from Palue have been moved to the neighboring island of Flores after Saturday's deadly eruption of Mount Rokatenda. Thousands more are awaiting evacuation.

Rokatenda has been showing signs of increased activity since October.

Thousands of Palue residents had already evacuated to Flores before the latest eruption.

Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "Ring of Fire" between the Pacific and Indian oceans.
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