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Huge ash cloud forces Indonesian islanders to flee after active volcanic eruption

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Expansive ash cloud forces Indonesian islanders to flee after active volcano erupts for second time in months, fears air travel could be disrupted

  • Mt Semeru erupted on an Indonesian island and evacuations are underway
  • Witnesses say volcanic ash is blocking the sun in two different districts
  • A regulatory body warned of an ash cloud rising to 50,000 ft










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

A shower of volcanic ash from Mt Semeru obscures the sun in two regions, according to witnesses and an oversight agency warned of ash clouds rising toward airlines.

No casualties have been reported yet as evacuations are underway, officials said.

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

Ash falls off a railing.  No casualties have been reported yet as evacuations are underway, officials have said

Ash falls off a railing. No casualties have been reported yet as evacuations are underway, officials have said

The eruption occurred around 2:30 p.m. local time. Local authorities established a three-mile restriction zone from the crater after the eruption.

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

“This is a very urgent, rapid situation since it broke out,” he said.

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

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