The semeru volcano off the island of Java, southeast of the Indonesian island, has erupted in recent hours. Part of the population of Lumajang has had to be evicted in a hurry, leaving behind a huge smoke and giant ash, as seen in videos posted on social networks. The emergency services have reported at least one death and 41 were injured.
It is one of the most active volcanoes in the country
The volcano has an altitude of 3,676 meters high and it is one of the most active volcanoes in the country. The impressive explosion caused by the eruption took place around 15:30 local time (8:30 Spanish time), and minutes later everything was covered by a ash cloud and smoke that obscured several areas near the Semeru volcano.
The volcanologists in the Indonesian area have notified the situation to the planes that will fly over the areas in the next few hours, in addition to placing the risk in the area in a Level 2, out of a maximum of 4. In addition, several emergency service teams are located assessing the risks caused in the area.
The National Agency for Disaster Management has published a statement on the social network Twitter where it reports the damage caused so far, which focuses on several vehicles and homes and a bridge that has collapsed.
Area of great seismic activity with 127 active volcanoes
The island of Java, in Indonesia, is located in the Indonesian archipelago known as Pacific Ring of Fire due to its great seismic activity, since the area has 127 active volcanoes. This area usually suffers from tremors throughout the year, although they are not usually of great impact.
More volcanoes erupting
Since the month of September, several volcanoes have erupted. The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma has been continuously expelling lava for more than two months.
Others of them have been Stomboli, Etna, or Fagradaisfjall, all of them in Europe.