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Indonesia warns of Mount Semeru blowing up again after increased activity

Authorities in Indonesia raised the alert level for the highest volcano on Java island, warning that Mount Semeru could blow up again after a sudden eruption earlier this month left 48 people dead. Indonesia’s geological agency said on Saturday that it picked up increasing activity that could trigger an avalanche of lava and searing gas, […]

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Mount Semeru Volcano: Indonesia considers relocation of villages after deadly eruption

Indonesia’s volcanology agency is sending a team of researchers to the Mount Semeru volcano to identify areas too dangerous for villagers to stay after it erupted on Saturday, killing dozens of people on the slopes of Java island’s highest mountain. In the days since the disaster, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the […]

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Indonesia Volcano: Mt Semeru eruption death toll climbs to 34 people, 17 missing; thousands evacuated

At least 34 people were killed in a volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Sunday, the country’s national disaster agency says. Mount Semeru engulfed villages in volcanic ash and hot mud on the island of Java, forcing thousands to flee. Seventeen people are still missing. Emergency teams and rescue dogs are looking for survivors and bodies […]

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Indonesia Volcano: Rescuers scramble to search for survivors buried in hot ash, 14 dead

Rescuers in Indonesia are searching for survivors in villages buried by hot ash, after Mt Semeru on Java island erupted on Saturday. Fourteen people are known to have died and dozens were injured, emergency authorities said. One volunteer in the nearby district of Lumajang filmed police and military officials working to dig out bodies with […]

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Indonesia: 11 students drown during school outing for river clean-up

Eleven students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a school outing for a river clean-up in Indonesia’s West Java province. Local officials said on Saturday that 150 students, aged 13 to 15, were participating in the clean-up along the banks of the Cileueur river when 21 of them slipped into the water. “The weather […]

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Indonesia Mount Merapi: Volcanic eruption on Java island unleashes clouds of ash and smoke into the sky

Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupted on the densely populated island of Java, spewing smoke and ash high into the air and sending streams of lava and gasses down its slopes. The volatile volcano unleashed clouds of hot ash at least seven times on Sunday, as well as a series of fast-moving pyroclastic flows – a […]

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Massive fire engulfs Indonesian oil refinery, hundreds evacuated

Indonesian state oil company Pertamina shut its Balongan oil refinery in West Java as it battles to control a massive fire that broke out overnight, injuring five people. About 950 nearby residents had been evacuated, Pertamina said on Monday, with videos shared on social media showing huge flames engulfing the 125,000 barrels per day facility, […]

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Indonesia: Bus carrying high school children plunges into ravine, 27 killed

A bus carrying school children and parents returning from an excursion plunged into a ravine in the island of Java, Indonesia on Wednesday night, killing 27 people, authorities said. The search and rescue agency said in a statement on Thursday that the driver of the bus lost control shortly before the crash in an area […]

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Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts again spewing ash, smoke and a river of lava

Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted once again with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 metres down its slopes. It was the Mount Merapi’s longest lava flow since authorities raised the volatile volcano’s danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. The alert […]

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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 […]

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Death toll from Sulawesi earthquake rises as officials struggle to find survivors

At least 56 people have died after a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday. Over 820 people were injured, 15,000 displaced. Many sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres. Indonesia’s meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency (BMKG) chief […]

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Crashed Indonesian plane passed airworthiness inspection test last month

Sriwijaya Air aircraft that crashed into the sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia had passed an airworthiness inspection last month, officials said. Flight SJ182 was grounded between March and December last year, resumed commercial flights on 22 December. Preliminary findings also showed the aircraft was still functioning and intact before it crashed. The plane […]