Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano stayed active Friday, erupting six times by late afternoon, and spewing hot ash clouds and lava.
Officials urged residents to be on high alert and stay away from the volcano.
On Friday morning, one eruption sent a massive plume above the mountaintop, extreme weather chaser James Reynolds said. Ash drifted to the south after the eruption about 10 a.m. local time, Reynolds said. The plume was about 1,500 meters (4,921 feet).
Residents started streaming down the mountain, heading for safer ground. Some were being evacuated after returning home following eruptions earlier in the week, observers from the Volcanology Agency near Merapi said.