31: Mount Kelud erupts in Indonesia, killing 3 – forcing the evacuation of 200,000

February 14, 2014INDONESIAA volcano eruption in Indonesia killed three people and forced tens of thousands more out of their homes, the disaster management agency said Friday. Two died from smoke inhalation while the third was hit by a collapsing wall. Officials had originally reported two deaths due to falling building debris. Mount Kelud in the eastern part of the main island Java has been spewing ash for at least two days high into the air, as a smoke plume has risen from out of its crater into the sky. The government raised its eruption alert to its highest level overnight, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of all residents in a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) radius of the volcano in eastern Java. At the height of the crisis Friday, 100,000 people evacuated, but that number later dropped to more than 75,000. Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash, which filled the skies and can lead to jet engine problems.
Lightning was seen striking the volcano’s peak as it spewed debris, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The nation’s volcanology agency said other smaller eruptions could happen. Authorities urged people to stay outside the 10-kilometer radius. Pictures from the scene show large black plumes rising over Mount Kelud, raining pebbles and ash on the surrounding area. The military has been called in to help evacuate people from the area to nearby shelters. Mount Kelud last erupted in 2007, but it has recently ramped up activity in the past 10 days. In 1990, an eruption killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds. Indonesia is part of the vast “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area of colliding continental plates where powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions often occur.  –CNN
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5 Responses to 31: Mount Kelud erupts in Indonesia, killing 3 – forcing the evacuation of 200,000

  1. Irene C says:

    Well, 31 isn’t too bad. This time last year we were in the 40’s. However, it’s not good if one of these becomes a major eruption.


  2. Another eruption on the Ring of Fire, a dangerous sign of the earth changes


  3. ncmissouri says:

    How can those planes and engines run? The dust must be simply incredibly dangerous for man and machine, as well as any other living thing.


  4. graciaia says:

    the eruption was heard from my town.


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