Indonesia volcano erupts; 2 killed, 100,000 evacuated


SUGIHWARAS, Indonesia (Updated) — An explosive volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s most populous island blasted ash and debris 18 kilometers (12 miles) into the air Friday, killing two people while forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close six airports. The overnight eruption of Java island’s Mount Kelud 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 after returning from an evacuation center to check on his property in the village of Sugihwaras, around five kilometers (three miles) from the…

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