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Friday, 14 February 2014

Volcanic eruption in Indonesia: 3 dead, 200,000 displaced

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Java erupted Thursday night killed three people, forced the evacuation of 200,000 people and disrupted air traffic, and airport closures in Indonesia
Mount Kelud

Mount Kelud woke up suddenly, throwing a plume of smoke, ash and sand and causing the closure of several airports on the island.

A man and a woman of about 60 years died under the rubble of their homes, said a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency. Roofs would have collapsed under the weight of debris from the volcano.

Mount Kelup is located 140 km from Surabaya, the second largest city of the country. The airport was closed, as well as those of Yogyakarta and Solo.

On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, the authorities closed Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, covered with ashes.

In early February, another Indonesian volcano , the Sinabung, erupted, killing at least 16 people.

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in Indonesia, the country with some 130 active volcanoes.

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