Indonesia’s tallest volcano erupts, killing one person, injuring dozens

Television footage showed that the Semeru volcano in Lumajang district, east of Java island, spewed huge clouds of ash at around 7 p.m. on December 4 (local time) as residents ran to find them. shelter.

A volcano watchdog said clouds of ash had risen as much as 50,000ft (more than 15,200 m) into the sky. According to eyewitnesses, volcanic ash has covered the air in several places.

Indonesian health officials confirmed, at least one person died and 41 people were burned in this volcanic eruption.

About 30 buildings and a bridge were destroyed in the eruption, along with thunderstorms that hampered efforts to evacuate residents.

Indonesia's tallest volcano erupted, killing one person and injuring dozens - Photo 1.

Semeru volcano erupted in January 2021. (Photo: AP)

The head of Lumajang district, Thoriqul Haq, told TVOne: “Thick columns of smoke and ash have plunged some villages into darkness“.

Thoriqul Haq added that some people had been moved to temporary shelters or nearby safe areas.

This 12,060ft (3,675m) volcano last erupted in January 2021, with no reported deaths.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a series of horseshoe-shaped fault lines.

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