Thousands Flee After Mount Semeru Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

Thousands Flee After Mount Semeru Volcano Erupts in Indonesia
Thousands Flee After Mount Semeru Volcano Erupts in Indonesia (Images: Screenshot/Twitter)

The Semeru volcano on Java island in Indonesia has erupted, spouting thick columns of ash up into the sky and causing panic among residents.

There were no reported injuries from Saturday’s eruption as of yet, according to Al-Jazeera.

Residents were seen fleeing in videos shared by residents in the area as soaring smoke and ash engulfed some nearby villages in East Java province’s Lumajang district.

The unexpected volcanic activity was followed by a thunderstorm and rain, which compelled lava and smoldering debris and created thick mud, destroying at least one bridge linking two main villages of Pronojiwo and Candipuro and complicating evacuation, according to Lumajang district head Thoriqul Haq.

Because it settles along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines, Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is highly susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic occurrences. There are approximately 128 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

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