- Mount Semeru, a volcano in Indonesia’s East Java Province, erupted on Saturday, spewing smoke and ash while displacing thousands from the area.
- Local footage showed people coming together at a local mosque in Besuk Kobokan as ash and smoke covered the surrounding streets.
Authorities said that Mount Semeru, a volcano in Indonesia’s East Java Province, erupted on Saturday, spewing smoke and ash while displacing thousands from the area.
No casualties have been reported so far. Emergency teams are still assessing the situation as they collect information about possible victims. Budi Santosa, Head of Disaster Management of East Java Province, stated on live television on Saturday.
He said two sub-districts have been “badly affected” by the volcano’s eruption.
Volcanic ash and sulfur smell around 3 p.m, the Mount Semeru Volcano Observation Post stated. It also added that hot ash clouds were falling towards an East Java village, Sapitarang.
Videos shared by government response teams showed residents in the area running away from substantial, thick clouds of smoke.
Other local footage showed people coming together at a local mosque in Besuk Kobokan as ash and smoke covered the surrounding streets.
Santosa told the news conference that he had faith that health facilities in the disaster area, either primary health centers or hospitals, would be able to accommodate any possible victims.
His team is currently trying to conduct evacuations and prepare refugee camps in the area to provide food, masks, blankets, and shelter for displaced residents.
Indonesia resides between two continental plates on the Ring of Fire, a ring around the Pacific Ocean border that causes high levels of tectonic and volcanic activity.
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