Fourteen people, including four schoolchildren, were killed Saturday after they were engulfed in scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said.
The number of displaced persons has increased to in western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and lava after several eruptions since September in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Mount Sinabung pyroclastic smoke, seen from Berastepu village on November 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has been intermittently erupting since September, has erupted eight times in just a few hours overnight.
Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from Tigapancur village in Karo district on November 2013 in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia. Up to residents have been evacuated from five villages in North Sumatra due to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung.
Photos of the day - January 2014 -- Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flow during an eruption in Beras Tepu, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. The volcano has sporadically erupted since September.