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A volcano in China’s Xinjiang province erupted early Monday, sending plumes of ash and ash plumes over a vast area.
More than 3,000 firefighters have been battling the eruption, which began at 8:10 a.m. local time, according to Xinhua.
The firefighting operations have so far destroyed dozens of buildings and a power line, but more than 100,000 people have been forced to flee.
The eruption was triggered by an injection of sulfur dioxide gas into the earth by the volcano.
The gas released carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and has also killed more than 200 people, according the Xinhua news agency.
Firefighters in the southern city of Chongqing have been deployed to fight the eruption as well.
Xinhua reported that about 20 people have died in the past 48 hours, and about 200 have been hospitalized.
An area of about 300 square kilometers has been declared a disaster zone, Xinhua said.
The air quality in the area is expected to worsen over the next 24 hours, Xinxi said.
It’s not clear how the explosion occurred.
The eruption of Taal volcano has caused an area of more than 1,000 square kilometers to be declared a danger zone, a state-run Xinhua News Agency report said.