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
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.