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Panic in Java after a stunning volcanic eruption

Panic in Java after a stunning volcanic eruption


Mount Semeru on Java in early December 2020
Photo: dpa

The screams of people fleeing their villages. Semeru volcano erupted in Java on Saturday. A video showing the extent.

aOn the Indonesian island of Java, Saturday is volcano Semeru broke out again. Local television stations showed videos of people screaming and fleeing from a thick cloud of smoke that darkened nearby villages. Initially there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

The volcano with a height of about 3,700 meters is the highest mountain in Java and is located in Bromo-Tengir-Semeru National Park in the east of the most populous island in Indonesia. He is always active. Lumagang district chief Thorikul-ul-Haq said a boom had been heard from the volcano since Friday. “It is now dark in the villages,” he told Kompass TV.

Indonesia is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. The island nation of about 275 million has nearly 128 active volcanoes.

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