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February 13, 2014 AT 11:01 AM
Mount Kelud in East Java, Indonesia, started erupting Thursday, forcing thousands of residents living within 10 km from the crater to evacuate. Based on data recorded days before the eruption, officials said there are at least 21,000 people living in the dangerous zone. The volcanology agency elevated the alert status of Mount Kelud to the top level at 21:15. The last volcanic eruption of Mount Kelud occurred in 2007 and its strongest eruption took place in 1919 and claimed 55 lives. Indonesia has just endured months long volcanic eruption of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra that killed 17 people.