Indonesian volcano spews ash

Indonesian volcano spews ash

Mount Semeru volcano spews hot lava as it erupts, as seen from Oro-oro Ombo village in Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia, on Sunday. (Zabur Karuru/Antara Foto via REUTERS)
Mount Semeru volcano spews hot lava as it erupts, as seen from Oro-oro Ombo village in Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia, on Sunday. (Zabur Karuru/Antara Foto via REUTERS)

Mount Semeru volcano on Indonesia’s main Java island spewed hot ash as high as 4km on Saturday, prompting authorities to warn people to keep a distance.

People shouldn’t carry out any activities within a radius of 1km from the crater, the country’s national disaster mitigation management in a statement on Saturday. The volcano alert level was at “watch,” two notches below the highest “warning” rating.

Indonesia’s 18,000 islands sit along the Pacific Ocean’s “ring of fire” zone of active volcanoes and tectonic faults, making it prone to natural disasters such as eruptions and earthquakes.

Indonesian authorities have had to deal with several natural and man-made disasters this month.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked West Sulawesi on Friday, killing dozens. Hundreds of people were injured and about 15,000 people were evacuated.

At least five people in Manado, North Sulawesi, died from floods and landslides due to adverse weather on Saturday. Last week, at least 11 people, including rescuers, were killed and 18 hurt in West Java, after torrential rain caused mudslides.

On Jan 9, Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 carrying 62 people plunged into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta. No survivors have been found.

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