After the eruption of Indonesia’s most densely populated Javanese volcano, 13 people have died and seven are missing, officials said on Sunday with smoldering debris and thick mud. He said it hindered the search activity.
Mount Semeru in the Lumajang district of East Java spewed thick ash pillars over 12,000 meters (40,000 feet) into the sky, and scorching gas and lava ran down the slope after a sudden eruption due to heavy rain on Saturday. Some villages were covered with falling ash.
Eko Budi Lelono, head of the Geological Survey of Japan, said thunderstorms and several days of rain eroded the lava dome above 3,676 meters (12,060 feet) of Mount Smer, eventually causing it to collapse and cause an eruption.
He said scorching gas and lava streams traveled up to 800 meters (2,624 feet) into nearby rivers at least twice on Saturday. People were advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the crater, the agency said.
“Thick ash pillars have turned some villages into darkness,” said Thoriqul Haq, head of the Lumajan district. Hundreds of people were either moved to temporary shelters or left in other safe places, he said, adding that power outages hindered evacuation.
Debris and lava mixed with rainfall to form thick mud, destroying the main and small bridges connecting Lumajan and the adjacent Malang district, Haku said.
Despite increased activity since Wednesday, Mt. Semeru’s alertness remains at the third highest level since the eruption last year, according to Lerono, and Indonesia’s Center for Geological Disaster Mitigation Volcanology does not raise it this week. rice field.
Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said at least 13 villagers died from severe burns, 57 were hospitalized, and 16 of them were seriously burned. He said rescuers were still searching for seven residents and sand miners along the river in Kula Kobo Tatemura, who were reported missing.
The entire village house was damaged by volcanic debris, and more than 900 people fled to temporary government shelters, Muhari said.
Liswant, head of the Semeru surveillance post, said his office would drop hot ash from the crater of Semeru to the community and miners at any time after the sensor detected increased activity in the past week. He said he had informed him that there was a possibility.
However, some residents who fled to a government shelter near the headquarters in the Lumajan district said authorities did not give them any information about the activity of the volcano.
“Suddenly everything went dark and the bright afternoon turned into a night. The rumblings, sounds and heat rushed us to the mosque,” said Fatma, a resident who fled from the Kula Kobokan to a shelter. .. crater. “It was a much stronger eruption than in January.”
Transport Ministry spokesman Adita Irawati said her office notified all airlines on Saturday to avoid routes near the volcano. She said the flight operations were still on schedule and authorities would continue to monitor the situation. According to the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, ash diffusion from Mount Semeru was detected moving southwest at a rate of 50 knots.
According to television reports, people are screaming and running under a huge cloud of volcanic ash. Their faces are wet with rain mixed with volcanic ash. There were no casualties in January, when Mount Semeru last erupted.
Indonesia, an archipelago with a population of over 270 million, is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a series of horseshoe-shaped faults, making it prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.
A volcano erupted in Indonesia, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens
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