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Mount Lokon Volcano Erupts In Central Indonesia, No Injuries Reported

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The Mount Lokon volcano spews thick smoke and ash into the air in Tomohon on the northeastern part of Indonesia's Sulawesi island on July 17, 2011. | AFP/Getty File

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, spewing hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi island, had been dormant for years before rumbling back to life several months ago.

Surono, a government volcanologist who uses only one name, says it unleashed two strong eruptions at 5:19 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

They were preceded by several smaller blasts hours earlier.

Mount Lokon is one of about 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 240 million people. Its last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

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