Friday, February 14, 2014

Volcanic eruption kills 2 in Indonesia

A major volcanic eruption in East Java has killed at least 2 people, and prompted Indonesian authorities to order about 200,000 residents to evacuate.

Mount Kelud erupted twice in the space of about 40 minutes late Thursday night. The evacuation orders were issued to people living within a 10-kilometer radius of the crater.

The massive eruptions sent ash raining down over a wide area. A residence located about 7 kilometers from the volcano collapsed due to accumulated volcanic ash.

Authorities have shut down airports in Surabaya, the capital of East Java Province, and Yogyakarta in Central Java, close to the Borobudur temple ruins registered as a World Heritage Site.

People have died in previous eruptions of the 1,731-meter-high volcano. It last erupted in 2007.

Indonesia is home to many other active volcanoes.
Early this month, 17 people were killed when Mount Sinabung erupted in North Sumatra.

The office of the Japanese Consulate General in Surabaya is calling for caution to Japanese citizens in Indonesia by e-mail.