Some get snow, some get volcano ash

Indonesia volcano erupts; 3 killed, 100K evacuated

Niniek Karmini , Associated Press11:21 a.m. EST February 14, 2014
Volcanic ash swirls among motorcyclists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Feb. 14.

Volcanic ash swirls among motorcyclists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Feb. 14.  Suryo Wibowo, AFP/Getty Images
  • Volcanic ash swirls among motorcyclists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Feb. 14.
  • Indonesian soldiers evacuate ash-covered residents in Malang shortly after Mount Kelud erupted.
  • A resident clears volcanic ash on the road in Kediri, Indonesia following the eruption of Mount Kelud.
  • Indonesia's Mount Kelud erupts on Feb. 14.
  • Indonesian airport personnel inspect volcanic ash-covered planes at the Yogyakarta airport about 124 miles west of Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano. Theeruption has forced mass evacuations and closed airports.
  • Residents clean up volcanic ash in Solo, Indonesia.
  • An Indonesian woman in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is covered with ash from the Mount Kelud volcano.
  • A residential area of Yogyakarta is covered with ash.
  • Masks are distributed in Yogyakarta.
  • People sleep at a temporary shelter in Kediri, Indonesia after being evacuated from their homes on Mount Kelud.
  • Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia is partially covered with plastic sheets to protect from volcanic ash.
  • A worker spreads plastic sheets to cover Borobudur temple in an attempt to protect it from volcanic ash.
  • Buddha statues are covered with volcanic ash from the Mount Kelud volcano eruption at a shop in Magelang.
  • Mount Kelud erupts as seen from Blitar, Indonesia.


SUGIHWARAS, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s most populous island blasted ash and debris 18 kilometers (12 miles) into the air Friday, killing three people and forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close seven airports.

The eruption of Mount Kelud on Java island could be heard up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) away, Indonesia’s disaster agency said.

“The eruption sounded like thousands of bombs exploding,” Ratno Pramono, a 35-year-old farmer, said as he checked his property in the village of Sugihwaras, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the crater. “I thought doomsday was upon us. Women and children were screaming and crying.”

Ash and grit fell to earth in towns and cities across the region, including Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city after Jakarta, with a population of about 3 million. It also fell farther afield in Yogyakarta, where motorists switched on headlights in daylight. Workers attempted to cover the famed ninth century Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur with plastic sheeting to protect it.

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