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Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupts, spewing ash and smoke above Java island

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupted, pouring ash and smoke an estimated 5.6 kilometer into the sky above Java, the country’s most densely populated island.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (NDMA) warned villagers living on the mountain’s slopes to be alert for ongoing volcanic activity.

Footage showed ash from the 3,676m (12,060ft) volcano looming over homes.




“The villages of Sumber Mujur and Curah Koboan [in Lumajang municipality] are located in the trajectory of the hot clouds,” local official Thoriqul Haq said on Saturday.

Residents of the Curah Kobokan river basin have been urged to watch for possible “cold lava” mudflow, which can be triggered by intense rainfall combining with volcanic material.

Mount Semeru erupted at about 17:24 local time, officials said.



Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic activity as well as earthquakes.

Semeru is the highest volcano in Java and one of the most active. It is also one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist hiking destinations.

The volcano previously erupted in December, when about 550 people were evacuated.