The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Kelud volcano on Java island has forced airlines to cancel flights and prompted thousands of residents to flee the area.
Asian stocks rose, propelling a benchmark index to the highest level in more than two years, after the U.S. Federal Reserve expanded measures to boost the world’s largest economy. India’s Sensitive Index climbed to its highest close on record.
Indonesian rescuers are fighting bad weather and fog in North Sumatra’s jungles as they try to reach a mountainside where an airplane with 18 people onboard crashed yesterday.
"The volcanic ash was so thick, so for the safety of the flights, we decided to shut those airports since this morning."
- Bambang Ervan on Feb 13, 2014