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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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.