(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
A volcano erupted in Indonesia on Sunday spewing a cloud of ash
15 km into the sky and forcing the evacuation of nearly 2,000
people, authorities said, as they issued their highest warning for
the area in the east of Java island, trend reports citing reuters .
There were no immediate reports of any casualties from the
eruption of the Semeru volcano and Indonesia's transport ministry
said that there was no impact on air travel but notices had been
sent to two regional airports for vigilance.
'Most roads have been closed since this morning and now it is
raining volcanic ash and it has covered the view of the mountain,'
community volunteer Bayu Deny Alfianto told Reuters by telephone
from near the volcano.
Semeru, the tallest mountain on Java, erupted last year killing
more than 50 people and displacing thousands.
Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said 1,979 people
had been moved to 11 shelters and authorities had distributed masks
to residents. The eruption began at 2:46 a.m. (1946 GMT on
Saturday) and rescue, search and evacuation efforts were going
The volcano's plume of ash reached a height of 50,000 feet (15
km), said Japan's Meteorology Agency, which had initially been on
alert for the possibility that the volcano could trigger a tsunami.
It later ruled that out.
The eruption, some 640 km (400 miles) east of the capital,
Jakarta, follows a series of earthquakes in the west of Java,
including one last month that killed more than 300 people.
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