Mount Semeru’s sudden eruption in the Lumajang district in East Java province has left several villages in a state of terror and panic with layers of ashes leaving the people with no other option but to move to safer areas for shelters.
The sudden eruption at the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java accompanied by a thunderstorm and rain pushed lava and smouldering debris and formed thick mud that destroyed a bridge connecting two main villages of Pronojiwo and Candipuro. This acted as a barrier in further evacuation in Lumajang district, Thoriqul Haq told TV One. Indonesia geographically is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.
Television reports showed people running in panic under a huge ash cloud, their faces wet from rain mixed with volcanic dust. The 3,676-metre (12,060 feet) Semeru had last erupted in January, gratefully no casualties have been reported yet.
Catatan yang dihimpun Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG), guguran lava pijar teramati dengan jarak luncur kurang lebih 500-800 meter dengan pusat guguran berada kurang lebih 500 meter di bawah kawah. pic.twitter.com/i3IorFweRf
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