Vast ash cloud prompts Indonesian island residents to flee after active volcano erupts


Vast ash cloud prompts Indonesian island residents to flee after active volcano erupts for second time in months and prompts fears air travel could be disrupted

  • Mt Semeru erupted  on an Indonesian island and evacuations are happening
  • Witnesses say volcanic ash is blocking out the sun in two different districts 
  • A monitoring body issued a warning about an ash cloud rising up to 50,000 ft










An active volcano has erupted on the Indonesian island of Java for the second time in months. 

A rain of volcanic ash from Mt Semeru is blotting out the sun in two regions, according to witnesses and a monitoring body issued a warning of ash clouds rising up to airlines. 

There are no reported casualties yet as evacuations are underway, officials have said.

Villagers in a temporary shelter. An active volcano has erupted on the Indonesian island of Java for the second time in months

Villagers in a temporary shelter. An active volcano has erupted on the Indonesian island of Java for the second time in months

Ash falling off a railing. There are no reported casualties yet as evacuations are underway, officials have said

Ash falling off a railing. There are no reported casualties yet as evacuations are underway, officials have said

The eruption took place at about 2.30pm local time. Local authorities have set up a restricted zone of three miles from the crater after the eruption.

Thoriqul Haq, a local official, told Reuters that a road and bridge from the area to the nearby city of Malang had been severed.

‘This has been a very pressing, rapid condition since it erupted,’ he said.

Campbell Biggs, a meteorologist at The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), told the BBC that the ash cloud was higher than the cruising altitude for most aircraft and may cause diversions.  

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