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Three Indonesian volcanoes show increased activity.

Jakarta, Shawwal 03, 1436, July 19, 2015, SPA -- Three volcanoes in Indonesia show increased volcanic

activity Sunday, prompting thousands of nearby villagers to evacuate

the area, an official said, according to dpa.

A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sutopo Purwo

Nugroho said Mount Gamalama's eruptions since Saturday have prompted

at least 1500 villagers to flee, with the numbers of refugees

increasing as authorities continue to collect data from two

villages.

Nugroho said data from the volcanology and geological disaster agency

showed the volcano on Ternate island of North Maluku province has

been generating constant tremors.

Smoke, billowing between 150 to 800 metres into the air, is mainly

white, indicating that it consists mainly of steam and not volcanic

ash.

An earlier eruption this week by the volcano forced the closure

Sultan Babulllah airport.

Two other volcanoes on different islands also showed intense volcanic

activity. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra on Sunday twice ejected

material 2,500 - 3,000 metres into the air, while Mount Raung in East

Java ejected thick, greyish black smoke up to 2,000 meters high.

The Transport Ministry announced the closure of a small airport in

Sumenep, Madura Island, located on the Java Sea north of East Java

province from 3 pm Sunday (0800 GMT) until at least 7 am Monday (0000

GMT Monday), Vivanews.com reported.

"The eruptions of Mount Sinabung and Mount Gamalama have forced so

far roughly 12,616 people to live in temporary shelters," Nugroho

said.

--SPA

18:35 LOCAL TIME 15:35 GMT

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