Indonesia: Mount Semeru erupts, killing 13

This article is over 7 months old Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano erupted on Saturday, killing at least 13 people, officials have said. Government volcanologist Michael Katiyar said the deadly eruption of Semeru, located about…

Indonesia: Mount Semeru erupts, killing 13

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Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano erupted on Saturday, killing at least 13 people, officials have said.

Government volcanologist Michael Katiyar said the deadly eruption of Semeru, located about 100km (60 miles) east of the capital, Jakarta, caused ash to blast 15 kilometres into the air.

“At least 13 people have died in the eruption and 15 have been seriously injured,” he said.

Mount Semeru’s crater erupted in its third major eruption in a year on Friday, killing five climbers and sending lava and rocks shooting more than 500 metres into the air.

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Pictures taken after the explosion showed heavy smoke billowing from the crater.

About 500 people were thought to have fled when tremors from the eruption were felt in the city of Solo, which is 150km away.

Mount Semeru, Indonesia’s highest active volcano, is usually dormant during the dry season from November to April. But in December, more than 1,000 people were forced to flee a village following the eruption.

Last October, around 20,000 people living near the mountain were evacuated following an eruption and authorities recommended people living near Semeru to evacuate.

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