The Semera volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Java on Tuesday, forcing some 500 residents to evacuate.
Hot ashes fell on the heads of Indonesians on Tuesday. On the island of Java (southwest), the Semeru volcano erupted, spewing lava and throwing hot ash several kilometers high.
Some 500 people had to evacuate their homes temporarily as footage showed cattle dead in lava flows as well as still-smoldering lava debris carried by a nearby river. According to local media, no individual was injured.
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The head of the local agency for emergency relief organization Agus Torino warned residents to remain vigilant, the heavy rains threatening to trigger new flows.
Two eruptions in less than a week
This eruption occurs three days after the one that occurred on Sunday at Mount Lewotolok in the eastern Sunda Islands (East), which caused no injuries or damage. About 6,000 residents had to take refuge in shelters, and the local airport had been temporarily closed.
Indonesia is home to around 130 active volcanoes due to its position on the “Ring of Fire,” one of the three most significant earthquake activity areas on the planet.
At the end of 2018, a volcano in the strait between Java and Sumatra’s islands had erupted, causing an underwater landslide and triggering a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.