2 Indonesian volcanoes spew lava in new eruptions

Two volcanoes in Indonesia have spewed fresh lava down their slopes, in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks.

Volcanology official Kasbani said on Friday that Mount Merapi on the main island of Java shot out hot clouds and lava that flowed 2 000m down its slopes late on Thursday.

Hours earlier, Mount Karangetang on Sulawesi's Siau island sent lava and searing gas out of its crater, prompting evacuation preparations.

Authorities expanded its danger zone to 4km from 3km from its crater.

No casualties or damage were reported and the volcanoes' alert levels were not raised.

Indonesia, home to 130 active volcanoes, lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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