Indonesia volcano - Dozens injured as residents flee huge ash cloud from Mt Semeru

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Witnesses described nearby villages covered in debris, and thick smoke blotting out the sun, leaving them in pitch darkness.

Airlines have been warned of an ash cloud rising up to 15,000m (50,000 ft).
The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) in Darwin, Australia said the ash appeared to have detached from the summit and was drifting south-west over the Indian Ocean.

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

Campbell Biggs, a meteorologist at the VAAC, told the BBC that the 15,000m plume was higher than the cruising altitude for most aircraft and would cause most flights in the vicinity to divert their flight paths to avoid it.
Mt Semeru rises 3,676m above sea level and previously erupted last December, forcing thousands of residents to seek shelter.

It is among Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Some eruption footage is included in the article.
 

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More casualties reported, but seems that was a sudden and isolated eruption:
At least 13 people have now died and dozens more are injured after a volcano erupted on Indonesia's Java island on Saturday, emergency authorities said.

Residents were filmed fleeing a giant ash cloud from Mt Semeru.

Pictures show entire villages buried in volcanic ash up to rooftops, and locals have described thick smoke blocking the Sun, leaving them in pitch darkness.

Officials said at least 57 people have been injured, with many suffering severe burns.
 
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Deep ash is making rescue and recovery difficult:
Houses were buried to their rooftops and vehicles wholly submerged.
The evacuation has been hampered by choking smoke, a power blackout, and rainstorms during the eruption which turned the debris into mud. An important bridge from the area to the nearby city of Malang was also severed during the eruption.
The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) in Darwin, Australia said the ash cloud from the eruption appeared to have dissipated. The VAAC provides advice to the aviation industry about the location and movement of potentially hazardous volcanic ash.
 
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