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Image: Photo of evacuees by Dimas Aro, Reuters. The face masks are to protect them from any ash that is released into the air during the eruption.
With Mount Kelud ready to explode, Indonesian officials today ordered thousands of people to evacuate the slopes within six miles of the volcano's crater.
The decision came as the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation raised the alert to "Level IV." "The volcano's explosive activity typically starts with a steam explosion -- when surfacing magma meets ground water. Such eruptions produce hot mud flows, pyroclastic surges and flows," according to the Associated Press.
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