Indonesia Volcano Eruption: Incredible Images of the Event [PHOTOS]

 
on July 18 2011 11:54 AM
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Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted twice over the weekend, spewing columns of ash and smoke nearly 2,000 feet into the air. They were part of a series of volcano eruptions that have forced some 5,200 people to evacuate since the eruptions began on Thursday. While volcano eruptions are not a rare event in Indonesia, an archipelago of islands that boasts numerous active volcanoes because they sit atop a chain of major tectonic plates called the Ring of Fire, they remain unique instances of natural beauty. Take a look at some stunning photos:

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Residents look on as Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province July 17, 2011. REUTERS

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Residents react as Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province July 17, 2011. REUTERS

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Residents watching Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province July 17, 2011. REUTERS

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Mount Lokon spews hot lava and volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province July 14, 2011. REUTERS

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Mount Lokon spews hot lava and volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province July 14, 2011. REUTERS