Death Toll Rises To 240 From Indonesia Volcano

(CNN) An Indonesian volcano has killed 240 people since it started erupting in October, officials said Saturday, a day after it spewed more hot ash and sent residents fleeing.

More than 390,000 people have been displaced, according to the nation's disaster coordination board.

At least 162 people suffered severe burns, the board said on its website.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi started erupting on October 26. On Friday, it spewed volcanic material for more than an hour.

Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, is on the island of Java.

Officials said Thursday the worst may be over, but a danger zone remains within a 20-kilometer (12.2-mile) radius of the volcano.

Government experts have kept Merapi's alert level at 4, the highest. President Obama was forced to cut short his visit to Indonesia this week because of the volcano's ash cloud.