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

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100,000 evacuated in Indonesia as volcano erupts

More than 100,000 people have fled their homes across Indonesia's most densely populated island, Java. Flights have been grounded and seven airports have been closed.