Active volcano Semeru erupted again on the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday. Darkness shrouds the neighboring villages in thick clouds of smoke. The neighbors have fled. Meanwhile, there has been at least one death. According to the local government, more than 40 people suffered burns.
The eruption of the volcano spews out lava and large clouds of ash. Pictures of fleeing people can be seen on local TV stations. The streets and houses are covered with a layer of ash and mud.
According to the Indonesian authorities, one death has been reported so far. In addition, at least 41 people sustained (serious) burns. The Ministry of Health promised to send medical aid forces.
Indah, the source of the vice-president of Lumagang district, said two people were still missing. Eight miners working in a quarry have been banned. We hope that they will be rescued soon.”
Australia’s KNMI warns that ash can be spewed into the atmosphere as far as 15,000 metres. This could have consequences for air traffic.
The volcano, which is about 3,700 meters high, is the highest mountain in Java and has erupted several times in the past year. Semeru is located in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in the east of the island. Thorikul Haq, chief of nearby Lumagang district, says the eruption of the volcano was already heard on Friday.
Indonesia is located in ‘ring of fire’, a region in the Pacific Ocean that has approximately 130 active volcanoes, and is also home to many earthquakes.
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