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Residents on the Indonesian island of Java have fled a massive plume of ash caused by an active volcano erupting for the second time in months.

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According to witnesses, a thick rain of volcanic ash from Mt Semeru was obscuring the Sun in two local districts.

There have been no casualties reported as of yet, and evacuations are underway, according to officials.

Meanwhile, a monitoring organization issued a warning to airlines about an ash cloud that could rise to 15,000 meters (50,000 ft).

A local official, Thoriqul Haq, told Reuters that a road and bridge connecting the area to the nearby city of Malang had been severed.

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“It’s been a very pressing, rapid situation since it erupted,” he explained.

The ash appeared to have detached from the summit and was drifting southwest, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) in Darwin, Australia.

The VAAC advises the aviation industry on the presence and movement of potentially hazardous volcanic ash. The volcano, which stands 3,676 meters above sea level, last erupted in January.

Mt Semeru is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Social media footage showed residents fleeing as a massive ash cloud rose behind them.

 

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