Thousands Flee Explosive Eruption at Mt. Kelud

By Jakarta Globe on 01:58 am Feb 14, 2014
Category Featured, News

Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java. (Wikimedia Commons)

Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java. (Wikimedia Commons)

Thousands of people were reported to have fled their homes in the East Java district of Kediri when Mount Kelud erupted late on Thursday night.

The eruption shot a column of smoke 10 kilometers into the atmosphere, according to Surono, the former head of the Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), as quoted by Viva.co.id, and sent gravel raining down as far as 50 kilometers from the crater of the volcano.

The eruption at 10:50 p.m. was preceded by a seismic earthquake was felt as far away as the Central Java town of Solo, the Jakarta Globe’s Ari Susanto reported, and heard as far away as Yogyakarta, 200 kilometers away, according to Tempo.co.

Experts had warned that any eruption would be particularly explosive, given how quickly the volcanic activity had escalated at Kelud since Feb. 2. The eruption occurred less than two hours after authorities raised the alert to the highest level on the four-point scale, although residents had already begun evacuating since Thursday afternoon, MetroTVNews.com reported.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), told Republika.co.id that “thousands” of people had left the area and evacuation efforts were still ongoing.

He said authorities had imposed a 10-kilometer exclusion radius around the crater, double the five kilometers established earlier this week.

Supeno, the head of the East Java office of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), told Viva.co.id that there were no reports yet of casualties as a result of the eruption, and that his office was focused on getting everyone out of the 10-kilometer exclusion radius.

The story continues to develop.

  • тне јокег ббб

    Warmer temperatures & more volcanic activity. That was so danger. Pray for Kelud East Java! Hope everything’s gonna be ok

    • Wong Edan

      Praying is just another way of saying “I can’t be bothered to care or do anything. I’ll outsource to an imaginary friend”.

  • Idlewise

    “The eruption occurred less than two hours >before< authorities raised the alert to the highest level on the four-point scale…" – don't you mean 'after'?

    • Mr Bombastic

      Ah, just wanted to comment on the very same. It only makes sense if it’s an “AFTER”….

  • Fachry Ali Wibowo

    It’s definitely unpredictable i guess. The authorities must have done it wisely.

  • Riska Fitrah Sari

    Be safe to all friends in East Java, Jogja, and its surrounding. May Allah protect us :)

    • ok

      Praying? That‘s all? Indonesia, Brazil, and other countries that are destroying the lung of earth by deforesting to export unhealthy palm oil, soja and others are totally guilty… China, US, and others… The list is sadly long! In Indonesia you have everything to make the difference, geothermal energy, sun, wind, land… But of course climate change policy… ? who cares! Human needs more disaster to understand that we create our own reality!!!! Flood ion Jakarta is not going to stop, in facts, it‘s gonna increase years after years… This is a fact, not a wish of a supposed god… When people are going to feel responsible for their own land, not a country, but a home of each one of US, Earth, than we will be able to make the difference…

  • masmon2

    Surabaya is covered in a dusting of ash as of this morning

  • Mrches

    Indonesia Brazil, and other countries that are destroying the lung of earth by deforesting to export unhealthy palm oil are guilty… In Indonesia you have everything to make the difference, geothermal energy, sun, wind, land… But of course climate change policy who cares! Human needs more disaster to understand that we create our own reality!!!! This is a fact, not a wish of a supposed god… When people are going to feel responsible for their own land, Earth, than we will be able to make the difference…

    • Kelud_Volunteers

      “Human needs more disaster to understand that we create our own reality!!!!”

      easier to say when you sit comfortably infront of your computer reading this and enjoy your coffee eh? always easier to say when it happens to someone else. Please come here and see it yourself dude, help us if you will….taste your words before you spit it out.

    • Kevin

      LOL, Volcano eruption happened before the day human ever existed, even before climate changed. your argument about human being responsible to this disaster is irrelevant. Did you ever finish your elementary education?? smartass

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  • Alex

    FPI would explain it with anger of allah, because there is no sharia law.

  • Greenbug

    FPI would say this s punishment for the youth celebrating Valentine’s Day!

  • Greenbug

    There is a news item that the authorities only warn citizens AFTER the volcano erupted?
    How can we attack Singapore successfully then?

  • lolface

    terribl