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Indonesia volcano ousts 20,000

Some 20,000 people were urged to evacuate the Indonesian island of earthquake-wracked Sumatra.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 12, 2005

Some 20,000 people were urged to evacuate the Indonesian island of earthquake-wracked Sumatra.

Mount Talang, 25 miles east of Padang, began spewing ash on Tuesday, and officials urged residents within the fallout zone to evacuate. Although the volcano has not reached a full-blown eruption, at least some scientists say it is on the verge of one.

The volcanic activity comes on the heels of a 6.7-magnitude quake on Sunday that caused only minor damage but was psychologically difficult for people devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster. Faith-based groups have been addressing both emotional and physical needs in tsunami-affected areas - including Sumatra - since shortly after the tsunami struck.


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