Some 50 people have been killed following a fresh eruption of Indonesian’s Mount Merapi volcano.
Dozens were also injured in the massive blast estimated to be the most powerful yet since it recently blew.
Hot ash began raining down on nearby mountain villages on Java island late on Thursday evening sending residents fleeing and prompting authorities to extend the volcano’s danger zone from 15 to 20 kilometres.
Almost a hundred people have now died and some 75,000 evacuated since Merapi blew more than a week ago.
The Indonesian volcano is one of the world’s most active sitting on the Pacific’s notorious ‘Ring of Fire’.