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Indonesia's steaming Mount Kelud volcano was dangerously close to an eruption on Monday as magma pushed through its blocked crater causing boiling water to spill down its sides, a volcanologist said on Monday.
Water levels in the crater lake have also fallen because of cracks on its surface, damaging essential equipment used to monitor Mount Kelud, which has been on the verge of an eruption for several weeks.

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Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano has erupted, according to seismographic signals, but signs of any ash or lava are not visible because of heavy cloud cover, a top official said on Saturday.

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Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano appears to have erupted, a top official has said, based on seismographic signals.
An estimated 350,000 people live within 10km (6 miles) of the volcano on the island of Java, about 90km (55 miles) south-west of the city of Surabaya.
There were no immediate reports of casualties and the area is shrouded in fog, blocking the view of the volcano.

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Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano, which was put on the country's second-highest alert level last month, shows several alarming signs indicating it may erupt, the country's top volcano expert said.

"I'm scared about Kelud" - Surono, head of the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Bandung.

The number of volcanic earthquakes at Mount Kelud, 90 km  southwest of Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya, has risen to as high as 23 in one day, compared with a maximum of 15 a day just before its last eruption in 1990.

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Kelud volcano located at the east of the island of Java has been just placed in state of alert 3 (on a scale on 4 levels) by the Indonesian authorities. Professor Alain Bernard (ULB) is currently on the spot. The researchers of the Laboratory of mineralogy and geochemistry of the ULB are making hour by hour observations. This Friday October 5, the access to the crater lake has been is prohibited, (including  volcanologists).

The volcanic mud eruption was probably accentuated by a nearby (150 km) earthquake which occurred at the beginning of week. The volume of mud rejected each day passed in one week of 70.000 m3 to 100.000 m3. On  Monday, a jolt a magnitude of 4,9 touched the town of Situbondo, in the east of the island of Java, to some 150 km in the south-east of the volcano, destroying houses.

The Kelud volcano is one of most dangerous in Indonesia, with 29 eruptions since the year 1500 and more than 15000 deaths during this period.

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Mount Kelud is a volcano on the Indonesian island of Java, near the city of Yogyakarta. It erupts frequently, producing ashfalls and mudflows. The most recent eruption was in 1990. Activity is heightened there now and, fearing an eruption, authorities are preparing to evacuate thousands of people.

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