Jakarta (dpa) - A volcano in eastern Indonesia has erupted, killing six people, a disaster management official said Saturday.
The Rokatenda volcano on Palue island, in East Nusatenggara province, sent an avalanche of debris down its flanks, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
"Six people were killed, swept away," Nugroho said.
About 10,000 people lived within the volcano's danger zone, he said, and more than 2,700 were displaced.
The 875-metre volcano has shown increased activity since October. It spewed hot ash 2,000 metres into the sky early Saturday, Nugroho said.
The government is providing 1.5 million dollars to relocate the affected population, he said.