Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island; airports closed




 
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Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island; airports closed
 
February 14th, 2014  
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Topic: Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island; airports closed


Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island; airports closed
A volcano erupted late on Thursday night on the heavily populated Indonesian island of Java, sending a huge plume of ash and sand 17 km (10 miles) into the air and forcing the closure of three airports. Mount Kelud is 140 km south of Indonesia's second biggest city Surabaya, a major industrial centre. The cloud from the eruption was seen as far as 9 km to the west, and forced the shutdown of airports at Surabaya and the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo. "Areas to the west of Mount Kelud, including central Java, Yogyakarta, Cilacap, Magelang, Temanggung and Boyolali are still experiencing showers of ash because last night the biggest eruption ... threw sand and ash 17 km into the air to the west," National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said by telephone.




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