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Indonesia’s Semeru volcano erupts, spewing out a huge cloud of ash

JAKARTA – The tallest volcano on Indonesia’s most populous island of Java spewed thick columns of ash into the sky on Saturday, triggering panic among those living nearby. There were no reports of casualties.

The sudden eruption of Mount Semeru in Lumajang district, East Java province left several villages around the mountainside covered with ash.

The head of Lumajang district, Thoriqul Haq, told TVOne the eruption was accompanied by thunderstorms and thunderstorms, pushing lava and smoldering debris, forming a thick layer of mud, destroying at least one bridge connecting the two the main villages of Pronojiwo and Candipuro, and hindered the evacuation.

“Dense columns of ash have turned some villages into darkness,” Haq said, adding that hundreds of people had been moved to temporary shelters or moved to other safe areas.

The elevision report showed people running in panic under a huge cloud of ash, their faces wet from rain mixed with volcanic dust. Semeru, 3,676 meters (12,060 feet) high, last erupted in January, with no casualties.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a series of horseshoe-shaped fault lines.

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