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More than 76,000 people fled their homes and flights were grounded across most of Indonesia's densely populated island of Java on Friday after a volcanic eruption sent a huge plume of ash and sand 10 miles into the air.

The ash cloud from Thursday night's eruption of Mount Kelud moved west over the island, forcing the closure of seven airports and stranding thousands of passengers, Reuters reported.

Planes were covered in ash at Adi Sucipto airport in Yogyakarta, above.

Mount Kelud erupting on Friday, as seen from Anyar village in Blitar, East Java.Trisnadi / AP
An Indonesian soldier carries a collapsed resident during the evacuation of Malang, East Java, soon after Mount Kelud erupted on Friday.AMAN ROCHMAN / AFP - Getty Images
Workers cover the famous Borobudur temple in Magelang to protect it from volcanic ash.ASSABILI / EPA