Indonesia: Mount Semeru volcano erupts as locals flee 40,000ft cloud of ash

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Ootage has surfaced showing residents fleeing after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, sending smoke and ash up to 40,000 feet into the air.

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Locals scrambled to escape after Semeru volcano, east of the island of Java, spewed clouds of smoke and ash.

The Indonesian Disaster Agency (BNPB) said no casualties or damage to buildings were reported.


Videos showed local residents fleeing as a blanket of heavy smoke and ash swept through nearby villages in East Java province.

A local official, Thorikul Haque, told Reuters that a road and bridge connecting the area to the nearby town of Malang had been damaged.

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“Ever since it erupted, it has been a very pressing, intense situation,” he said, adding that evacuations were underway.

A resident of a nearby village posted the picture of the blast on social media and wrote; “Guys, please pray for me, I hope my family is fine, right now, it’s really bursting.”

The 3,676 m (12,060 ft) Semeru last erupted in January, with no casualties. It is one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.


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