Jakarta - Nine people were injured and another was missing as they scrambled to escape a volcanic eruption in eastern Indonesia, an official said on Friday.
The Mount Gamalama volcano in North Maluku province erupted late Thursday, sending ash and rocks 2 000m into the sky, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Agency.
The victims, all mountain climbers, were injured while running to escape the eruption, and not by volcanic materials, Sutopo said.
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One person from the group was still unaccounted for, he said.
The volcanic ash was still blanketing much of the city of Ternate on Friday morning, Sutopo said.