Volcanic Alert: Indian Ocean
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MORONI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Authorities in the Comoros islands have made emergency plans to help as many as 30,000 people expected to be uprooted if one of the world's largest active volcanoes erupts, officials said on Tuesday.
The 2,361 metre (7,746 ft) high Mount Karthala on the Indian Ocean archipelago's biggest island, Grande Comore, began glowing red and emitting fumes on Friday.
Strong tremors over the weekend -- thought to have been caused by lava trying to escape -- forced thousands of people to sleep outside for fear their homes might collapse.
The island's security chief, Oukacha Jaffar, told Reuters as many as 30,000 people could be displaced by an eruption.
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