Indonesia’s Semeru Volcano erupts again, prompting evacuations

Indonesia’s Semeru volcano, the highest peak on the island of Java and an active volcano, woke up on December 4, spewing a plume of smoke high into the air, and rapidly moving streams of hot gas and ash rolled down the hillside, consuming nearby villages.

The Indonesian volcano Semeru erupted early Sunday morning, throwing a column of ash 2 kilometers high into the sky.

According to Reuters, authorities announced the evacuation of all residents of nearby villages.

Indonesian Volcanology Center warned residents of nearby areas to stay at least 500 meters away from the coastline.

There is no information about the deaths or injuries so far. People have already begun evacuating the potentially dangerous area.

Earlier this month, the eruption killed 48 people and left 36 missing in villages that were buried under layers of lava and ash.

Semeru, also known as Mahameru, has erupted many times over the past 200 years. Nevertheless, tens of thousands of people live on the fertile slopes of the country’s volcanoes.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because of its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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