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Two dead as volcano engulfs Indonesian island

The huge plumes of smoke and ash from Mount Kelud. Credit: Reuters/Sigit Pamungkas

Two people have been killed in the Indonesian island of Java, after a massive volcano erupted last night.

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Mount Kelud began erupting last night, spewing huge amounts of ash and sand 10 miles into the air, and forcing several airports to close. The volcano is 54 south of Indonesia's second biggest city Surabaya, a major industrial centre.

The ash and sand spread 312 miles from the site of the volcano. Credit: Dwi Oblo/Reuters

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said the eruptions had ceased by the ash had spread 312 miles to the west and northwest.

100,000 were forced to flee their homes due to the volcano, two people have been confirmed dead. Credit: Reuters

Mount Kelud is one of 130 active volcanoes in the world's fourth most populous country, which sits along the "Ring of Fire" volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean

Passengers stranded as flights grounded across Java

The ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud has submerged planes and grounded flights. Credit: Reuters

Flights across Java in Indonesia have been grounded and seven airports have been closed after a volcanic eruption yesterday evening.

Seven airports across Indonesia's most densely populated island have been closed, and thousands of passengers remain stranded.

Read: Volcanic eruption prompts mass evacuation in Indonesia

Planes have been grounded across Java, and seven airports have been shut.
Planes have been grounded across Java, and seven airports have been shut. Credit: Reuters

The only major airports still operating on Java are two in the capital, Jakarta.

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Volcanic eruption prompts mass evacuation in Indonesia

More than 100,000 people have fled their homes in Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java following the eruption of Mount Kelud.

The area around Mount Kelad, one of Indonesia's 130 active volcanoes, has been evacuated.
The area around Mount Kelud, one of Indonesia's 130 active volcanoes, has been evacuated. Credit: Reuters

The volcanic eruption sent a huge plume of ash and sand 10 miles into the air, officials said. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said:

"Over 100,000 people have been evacuated and about 200,000 people were affected.

"There are some people in the 10-km (6-mile) radius but they are being evacuated now so that area is empty."

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