The eruption of the volcano on Java island early on Sunday prompted tsunami fears in Japan. Indonesia’s highest volcano on its most densely populated island erupted early on Sunday, spewing a column of ash 1.5km into the air and prompting evacuations of residents from the eruption area.
Lava flowed down Semeru’s slopes, travelling toward a nearby river, while several villages were blanketed with falling ash, blocking out the sun, but no casualties have been reported.
Several hundred people were moved to temporary shelters or other safe areas, according to Joko Sambang who heads the disaster management agency in Lumajang, East Java province.
People were advised to stay 5km from the crater’s mouth, and avoid the southeastern sector area along the Besuk Kobokan river located about 13km (8 miles) from the crater.
Authorities issued their highest level of warning in response to the eruption, local media reported.
Japan’s Meteorology Agency was monitoring for the possibility of a tsunami after the eruption, the country’s public broadcaster NHK reported.
Semeru’s last major eruption was in December last year and left 51 people dead in villages that were buried in layers of mud. Several hundred others were injured with serious burns, and the eruption forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 villagers. The government moved about 2,970 houses out of the danger zone.
With 142 volcanoes, Indonesia has the largest population in the world living in close range to a volcano, including 8.6 million people living within 10km of this one.
An eruption of the 3,676-meter-high volcano, located about 850 kilometres southeast of the capital Jakarta, exactly one year ago led to the deaths of many people.
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