Volcano erupts in Indonesia

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A huge volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed at least two people and forced mass evacuations throughout the country.

About 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate the island of Java after two eruptions from Mount Kelud.

Hot ash, sand and rocks rained down on towns many kilometres from the volcano’s crater in Kediri district. Infact some of the debris landed 130km away.

Mount Kelud (1731 metres) is one of some 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia and previously erupted in November 2007.

Three international airports have been closed – Jakarta, Denpasar in Bali and Phuket in Thailand – due to low visibility and fears debris could damage plane engines.

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