Thousands Flee as Indonesia Volcano Erupts
No casualties reported after Mount Lokon explodes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2011 1:19 AM CDT
The glow of lava from Mount Lokon's eruption is seen against the night sky in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Indonesia's Mount Lokon volcano suddenly blew its top yesterday, sending thousands of panicked residents fleeing down its slopes as ash, sand and rocks were thrown 5,000 feet in the air. Three powerful eruptions occurred in three hours, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, AP reports. Police and soldiers are helping evacuate people who live along the volcano's fertile slopes.