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    Indonesian Volcano Causes Chaos, 3 Deaths

    • Mount Kelud erupts, as seen from Anyar village in Blitar, East Java, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • A worker spreads plastic sheets to cover Borobudur temple to protect from volcanic ash, from an eruption of Mount Kelud, in Magelang, central Java, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • Indonesian students walk on a street covered with volcanic ash following an eruption of Mount Kelud, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • A man wears a mask as he rides a becak, a kind of rickshaw, on a road covered with from Mount Kelud, in Yogyakarta, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud covers motor bikes in Kediri, East Java, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • Villagers covering their faces from volcanic ash follwoing Mount Kelud's eruption in Solo, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • A housing complex is seen covered with ash from Mount Kelud, in Yogyakarta, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • Villagers sleep at a temporary shelter after they were evacuated from their homes on the slopes of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, Indonesia, Feb. 14, 2014.
    • A villager who was evacuated from her home due to Mount Kelud's eruptions, holds her daughter as she sleeps at a temporary shelter at Sumber Agung village in Kediri, Feb. 14, 2014.
    VOA News
    Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has declared a state of emergency on the main island of Java because of a major volcanic eruption.

    Mount Kelud erupted late Thursday, sending a cloud of ash 30 kilometers into the sky.

    The eruption killed three people and forced 100,000 to evacuate their homes.

    The volcano has coated towns as far as 500 kilometers away with ash and rocks. Schools and businesses were closed and flights grounded at seven airports.

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    Hadi Rudyatmo, mayor of Surakarta in Central Java, told VOA his city was paralyzed Friday with all stores and schools shut down.

    Scientists think the worst of the eruptions are over.

    Indonesia has about 130 active volcanoes.

    Last month, the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island killed 16 people, forced thousands to flee and damaged crops.

    “I have spoken with the Governor Sukarwo of East Java, who is currently at the disaster zone," said Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "I have also given instructions to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Chief of the National Police - whose members have been deployed to help the refugees - to intensify assistance in the affected zones.”

    “It’s all paralyzed. All economic activities, shopping centers, trade centers in Surakarta are closed. Traditional markets are open but not a single individual has come. No transactions have taken place. All activities related to teaching and learning in all schools throughout the area have been suspended through Saturday as well,” said Hadi Rudyatmo.

    WATCH: video footage from Indonesia

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    February 14, 2014 2:02 PM
    A major volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed two people and prompted the evacuation of at least 100,000 others.

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