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The rumbling Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung has erupted again, killing 16 people. The disaster happened as thousands who had been evacuated, started returning in the belief that volcanic activity was decreasing. Among those dead were a local TV journalist, four school students and their teacher, who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions from a close range.
Mount Sinabung in Sumatra has been erupting for 5 months now. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated and put up in tents, schools and public buildings, but many were desperate to return. But a series of huge blasts and eruptions suddenly thundered from the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano. TV images showed villages, farms and trees covered in thick grey ash.
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific. Mount Sinabung is one of the 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia and has periodically erupted since September, 2013.