You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

2

6

▼  4th Inning 0 outs

100,000 evacuated as Indonesia volcano erupts

A resident was forced to flee his home under a massive plume of hot ash clouds spewing from the Mount Kelud volcano.

AMAN rOCHMAN/afp/gETTY iMAGES

A resident was forced to flee his home under a massive plume of hot ash clouds spewing from the Mount Kelud volcano.

SUGIHWARAS, Indonesia — A powerful volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s most populous island blasted ash and debris 12 miles into the air Friday, killing three people and forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close seven airports.

The eruption of Mount Kelud on Java island could be heard up to 125 miles away, Indonesia’s disaster agency said.

Continue reading below

‘‘The eruption sounded like thousands of bombs exploding,’’ Ratno Pramono, a 35-year-old farmer, said as he checked his property in the village of Sugihwaras, about 3 miles from the crater. ‘‘I thought doomsday was upon us. Women and children were screaming and crying.’’

Ash and grit fell to earth in towns and cities across the region, including Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city after Jakarta, with a population of about 3 million. It also fell farther afield in Yogyakarta, where motorists switched on headlights in daylight. Workers attempted to cover the famed ninth century Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur with plastic sheeting to protect it.

A 60-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man were killed in the village of Pandansari, about 4 miles from the mountain, when the roofs of their homes collapsed under the weight of the ash and volcanic debris, the disaster agency said. A 70-year-old man died after being hit by a collapsed wall while waiting to be evacuated from the same village, where the volcanic ash reached 8 inches deep in some places.

The large international airport in Surabaya and airports in the cities of Malang, Yogyakarta, Solo, Bandung, Semarang, and Cilacap were closed due to reduced visibility and the dangers posed to aircraft engines by ash, a Transport Ministry spokesman said.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.