A volcano erupted in eastern Indonesia on Saturday that killed six people, USA TODAY reported.
Three thousand people were evacuated after Mount Rokatenda erupted in East Nusa Tenggara province, filling the beach village on the island of Palue with burning hot lava and swelling the air with smoke and ash that reportedy reached 2,000 meters into the air, according to an official.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said three adults and two children were among the fatalities. He said the age of the sixth person is unclear.
"We have found the bodies of the adults, but we are still looking for the children, and it is difficult because the area is still very hot," an official said.
Rokatenda ruptured at 4:27 p.m. local time on Friday and lasted for four hours. Ash made it all the way to areas 2,000 meters away from the site.
The Indonesian archipelago sits on the "Ring of Fire," a series of tectonic fault lines that constantly threaten their dozens of volcanoes. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and holds 75 percent of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. Among the volcanoes within the Ring, Indonesia's are the most active.
Palue suffered another serious volcanic incident in 2010 when Mount Merapi erupted in Java several times, claiming the lives of 350 people.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suffocation is the most common cause of death after experiencing a volcano erupt. These eruptions can also cause threat to spreading infectious diseases, respiratory illness, skin burns, injuries, and car accidents due to the poor conditions due to ash.