A major eruption occurred at Indonesia’s Kelud volcano on February 13, 2014. The eruption sent a large plume of ash drifting west across Java and over the Indian Ocean. According to an advisory issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, ash had reached 13 kilometers (45,000 feet) in altitude, prompting the closure of several airports. Three people were killed, and Indonesian authorities have evacuated more than 75,000 people from their homes.
A new eruption of the Chaitén Volcano forced authorities to evacuate residents who had returned to the nearby town of the same name. Ash emissions from the eruption spread across Patagonia to the Argentine east coast.