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article imageMass evacuation in Indonesia as Mount Kelud volcano erupts

By Kev Hedges     Feb 14, 2014 in Environment
Surabaya - Thousands of people have fled their homes in east Java after Mount Kelud spewed volcanic ash and debris over an area so large, it has reached the big city of Surabaya, 80 miles away.
Two people have already died after homes collapsed under the sheer weight of the ash, and several towns and villages in the regions have a fine ash covering almost two inches deep throughout. Three major airports, in Surabaya, Solo and Yogyakarta, have been forced to suspend all flights because of poor visibility.
Officials in Indonesia have ordered around 250,000 to leave their homes and many that attempted to retrieve belongings on Friday were forced to turn back empty-handed after ash and small rocks erupting in the villages around Kelud were causing injury, reports BBC Asia.
Mount Kelud is 5,600 feet high and has been steadily rumbling since late January but on Thursday night it erupted. Indonesia stands on a fault line where there are several active volcanoes and as recently as August 2013, Mount Rokatenda erupted on Palue Island, killing six people.
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