An eruption in the ring of fire.. Semeru volcano kills 13 people and destroys 300 homes in Indonesia

Indonesia continues to count the losses incurred by the eruption of the Semeru volcano on Saturday, and the death toll has risen to 13, while rescuers continue to search the area.

“The death toll is now 13. Rescuers have found more bodies,” said Abdel-Mahari, a spokesman for the disaster agency, referring to the rescue of 10 people who were trapped on Saturday by the eruption of the volcano.

The Indonesian Semeru volcano erupted in East Java on Saturday, leaving – in addition to the dead – dozens of injured, while thousands fled their homes.

At least 35 people were taken to hospital, the agency said, and the deputy chief of nearby Lumagang district said at a press conference that 41 had burns.

In the village of Kura Kerobokan, lava destroyed the homes of more than 300 families.

A body was found in this village in Lumagang district, while 41 people – including two pregnant women – suffered severe burns, according to the deputy governor of Lumagang.

The same source explained that Lumagang became isolated due to the lava that destroyed a bridge.

Videos released by emergency officials showed residents running when the volcano erupted at 3 a.m. Saturday, with clouds of smoke and ash blanketing nearby villages in East Java province on Saturday. The local authorities also set up a 5-kilometer security perimeter around the crater.

Indonesia is on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the confluence of continental plates causes significant seismic activity (Reuters)

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The last eruption of the Semeru volcano dates back to December 2020, when thousands of people fled, and ash covered entire villages.

Semeru, which is located at the highest peak on the island of Java, is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the confluence of continental plates causes significant seismic activity.

At the end of 2018, a volcanic eruption between the islands of Java and Sumatra caused an underwater landslide and a tsunami that killed nearly 400 people.

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