Residents flee as Mt Semeru spews huge ash cloud : Indonesia volcano

Residents flee as Mt Semeru spews huge ash cloud : Indonesia volcano

Officials said," That Residents on the Indonesian island of Java have been fleeing a vast plume of ash as an active volcano erupted for the second time in months.

Witnesses said a thick rain of volcanic ash from Mt Semeru was blotting out the Sun in two local districts.

monitoring body issued a warning to airlines of an ash cloud rising up to 15,000m, 50,000 ft.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia said the ash appeared to have detached from the summit and was drifting south-west.

The VAAC provides advice to the aviation industry about the location and movement of potentially hazardous volcanic ash.

The volcano, which rises 3,676m above sea level, previously erupted in January.

Mt Semeru is among Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes.

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

No casualties have yet been reported and evacuations are under way.

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