The number of deaths after the incident Highest volcanic eruption Indonesian officials said on Sunday that Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java has risen to 13 people, and 7 people are still missing because smoldering debris and thick mud hinder search efforts.
Semeru Mountain In Lumajang District, East Java, a sudden eruption was triggered by heavy rain on Saturday. Thick volcanic ash columns of more than 12,000 meters (40,000 feet) were ejected into the sky, and hot gas and lava flowed down the slopes. Several villages were covered by falling volcanic ash.
Eko Budi Lelono, head of the Geological Survey Center, said that thunderstorms and continuous rainfall eroded and eventually collapsed the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) lava dome on top of Semeru, triggering a volcanic eruption.
He said that on Saturday, hot gas and lava flows reached the nearby river at least twice, reaching a height of 800 meters (2,624 feet). The agency said it recommends that people stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) away from the crater.
“The thick pillars of ash have plunged several villages into darkness,” said Thoriqul Haq, head of Lumajang district. He said hundreds of people were transferred to temporary shelters or to other safe areas, adding that the power outage prevented evacuation.
Hack said that debris and lava mixed with rainfall to form a thick mud, destroying the main bridge connecting the Luma River and the neighboring Malang area, as well as a smaller bridge.
Lelono said that despite the increase in activity since Wednesday, Semeru’s alert status has remained the third highest of the four levels since the eruption started last year, and the Indonesian Volcanic Geological Disaster Mitigation Center did not raise it this week.
National Disaster Reduction Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said that at least 13 villagers died of severe burns and 57 were hospitalized, of which 16 were in critical condition due to burns. He said rescuers are still looking for 7 residents and sand mining workers who were reported missing along a river in Curah Kobokan village.
Muhari said that the entire house in the village was damaged by volcanic debris and more than 900 people fled to the government temporary shelter.
Liswanto, the head of the Semeru monitoring station, said his office has notified the community and miners that hot ash may pour down from Semeru’s volcanic crater at any time after the sensors have detected increased activity in the past week.
However, some residents who fled to the government shelter near the Lumajiang district headquarters said that the authorities did not tell them about the activity of the volcano.
Adita Irawati, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport, said her office issued a notice on Saturday asking all airlines to avoid routes near the volcano. She said that flight operations are still proceeding as planned and the authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
Indonesia is an archipelago with more than 270 million people, prone to earthquakes and Volcanic activity Because it is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, this is a series of fault lines in the shape of a horseshoe.