|The volcano has become increasingly active in the last few months, sending columns of ash several kilometres into the air|
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano has erupted on the island of Sumatra, killing at least 11 people today and sending other fleeing from its falling ash.
The volcano has become increasingly active in recent months.
The last few weeks have seen the mountain regularly spewing columns of ash several kilometres into the air, and the government had already evacuated tens of thousands of people from the area.
Presidential staff member Andi Arief said this afternoon: "Eleven people were killed because of the eruption this morning and the number could increase. No evacuations could be made at this stage because of the potential for more eruptions."
Mount Sinabung is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the world’s most populous country, which stands along the "Ring of Fire" volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia’s most deadly volcanic eruption in recent years was of Mount Merapi, near the densely populated city of Yogyakarta in central Java.
It erupted in late 2010, killing more than 350 people.