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A mother holds her child as Mount Sinabung spews ash and hot lava during an eruption in Perteguhan village in Karo district, in Indonesia's north Sumatra province, on Sept. 17, 2013.
Thousands of Indonesian villagers have fled over the last three days as a series of eruptions spewed rocks and red-hot ash around Mount Sinabung, a volcano in northern Sumatra.
The 8,530-foot volcano erupted Sunday after being dormant for three years, sending thick ash into the sky with small rocks pelting neighboring villages.
Authorities prepared temporary shelters for evacuees as further eruptions took place on Tuesday, though classes continued at a local elementary school with pupils wearing masks to protect them from the ash.
-- The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse
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Residents of Karo district leave as an ash cloud rises during a fresh eruption of the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sept. 17.
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Residents leave the district of Karo during a fresh eruption on Sept. 17.
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School children wear masks to protect them from volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung, at an elementary school in Karo on Sept. 17.
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A villager walks under heavy ashfall on Sept. 17.