JAKARTA: On Monday, a violent eruption at the island’s tallest volcano resulted in the imposition of an 8-kilometer no-go zone and the evacuation of entire villages, putting thousands of East Java residents on high alert.
According to Talib Vatelehan, a Basarnas spokesperson, the provincial search and rescue agency sent teams to the most affected areas near Mount Semeru to assess the damage. The low rainfall provided some relief. “The entire mountaintop material fell yesterday as a result of the high rainfall level. However, there has been no rain so far today, so it is relatively safe,” he stated. Indonesia’s Java
At 2.46 p.m. local time on Sunday (07:46 GMT), the 3,676-meter volcano erupted. Film shot by inhabitants showed Mt Semeru heaving a monster haze of dark debris high over its hole, which later immersed the mountain and encompassed rice paddy fields, streets, and extensions, and turned the sky dark.
According to authorities, nearly 2,500 people were forced to evacuate as a result of the eruption.
Indonesia’s Java volcanology and land peril alleviation organization on Sunday raised the alarm level for Mt Semeru to the most elevated level. Additionally, due to the possibility of lava flows, the agency advised residents not to approach within 500 meters of riversides or 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the summit.
Last year, Semeru erupted, displacing thousands of people and killing over 50.
Following a string of earthquakes in the west of Java, including one that killed over 300 people last month, the eruption is located approximately 640 kilometers (400 miles) east of Jakarta, the capital.
Indonesia, a 270 million-strong archipelago along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is one of the world’s most disaster-prone nations.
Indonesia has the most people living within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of a volcano, with 8.6 million people living there. It has 142 volcanoes. World News Spot