In Indonesia, A Lightning Storm Illuminates An Erupting Volcano

A huge volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island of Java has sparked major evacuations. Photographers have captured terrifying photos of lighting striking the volcanic plume.

1. Mount Kelud, in the heavily populated Kediri regency, erupted late on Thursday night, closing three international airports in the region.

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A rescue member takes pictures from Panataran village in Blitar of Mount Kelud’s eruption in Indonesia’s East Java province February 14, 2014.

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4. A series of huge blasts unleashed stones and gravel, causing panic amongst villagers who fled to safer areas.

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5. Three people are reported to have died.

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6. Ash has fallen as far as 600 kilometers (370 miles) away.

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A villager walks near houses covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud at Ngantang village in Malang, Indonesia’s East Java province February 16, 2014.

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An aerial view of Pandansari village is seen from a mosque covered with ash.

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A television set is pictured amid a heap of ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud.

9. More than 76,000 people fled their homes.

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11. Two hundred thousand people are living in the six mile radius of the crater.

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A man repairs a roof his house following an eruption of Mount Kelud.

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Volcanic ash from an eruption of Mount Kelud covers houses at Mbladak village in Blitar, Indonesia, Friday, February 14, 2014.

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A boy wearing a face mask stands near his house on a street covered with ash.

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The kitchen room of a house is covered with ash after an eruption of Mount Kelud.

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A villager clears ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud from the roof of his home at Ngantang village in Malang, Indonesia’s East Java province February 16, 2014.

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20. Mount Kelud last erupted in 2007 although there were no fatalities.

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