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Eruptions at 5 volcanoes darken skies with ash over large swath of Indonesia

Passengers wait for the status of their flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The eruption of Mount Raung on the main island of Java has caused the airport to close for several hours on Wednesday, disrupting flights to and from the resort island. (AP Photo)

Passengers wait for the status of their flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The eruption of Mount Raung on the main island of Java has caused the airport to close for several hours on Wednesday, disrupting flights to and from the resort island. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Major eruptions at five volcanoes in Indonesia have darkened skies with ash over a large swath of the archipelagic nation and three airports have closed.

Government volcanologist Surono said Mount Raung on Java island erupted again Wednesday, blasting ash and debris up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air after rumbling for several weeks.

Eruptions of Gamalama and Dukono mountains on the Moluccas islands chain and the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island have darkened skies and forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. Mount Karangetang on Siau island also erupted.

Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said Jember and Banyuwangi airports closed late Tuesday and Bali's international airport was closed for several hours on Wednesday, disrupting flights.

Indonesia has 130 active volcanoes.