Mount Sinabung in Indonesia continues to spew lava combined with billowing smoke killing at least 15 people so far.
Plumes of ash reached up to a mile in the sky. Many were also scalded by ash as hot as 700 degree racing down the mountain slope.
The bodies of the victims are being taken to their places of residence for burial.
"Since Sunday morning, local people packed the RSU Kabanjahe to witness the repatriation of the bodies of the Sinabung victims. Several ambulance vehicles belonging to the Karo administration are ready at the RSU Kabanjahe to transport any further Sinabung victims whose bodies might not yet have been discovered," Jhonson Tarigan, coordinator of Mt Sinabung disaster mitigation post's media centre in Kabanjabe, told the Antara news agency.
The geology department has also raised the warning level from scale three to four, suggesting that people who live within a radius of 5km around the mountain are to be evacuated.