Volcanic clouds rise from the eruption of Mount Kelud volcano as seen from Kediri town in East Java province on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO
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A major volcanic eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most heavily populated island in ash on Friday, triggering the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and the closure of three international airports after killing two people.The explosive overnight eruption of Java island's Mount Kelud could be heard up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) away, Indonesia's disaster agency said.The 1,731-meter-high (5,680-foot-high) Mount Kelud in eastern Java -- Indonesia's most densely populated island and home to more than half of the country's 240 million people -- has been rumbling for several weeks and was under close observation.Muhammad Hendrasto, head of Indonesia's volcano monitoring agency, said the mountain erupted violently about 90 minutes after authorities raised its alert status to the highest level. Kelud is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.
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