Indonesia's Mount Tangkuban Perahu volcano erupts as tourists flee 600-foot ash cloud
An Indonesian volcano popular with tourists erupted Friday, forcing visitors to flee the area.
The volcano, Mount Tangkuban Parahu, was seen spewing ash more than 600 feet into the air, according to the Jakarta Post. Videos of the eruption showed visitors running away from the toxic clouds.
Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the area has been closed to tourists so officials can further evaluate the situation.
FROM THE SCENE: See videos of the tourists fleeing the eruption
Mount Tangkuban Parahu is located just 18 miles north of the city of Bandung, which is the country's third-largest metropolitan area. Indonesia, which is part of the Ring of Fire, is home to a total of 129 volcanoes.
At least two people suffering breathing difficulties were taken to the hospital, police told 9 News. There were fewer than 100 people visiting the site at the time of the eruption, so authorities were able to evacuate everyone quickly.
Clouds of ash were high enough that authorities issued a flight alert for the surrounding area, according to the Straits Times.