A volcano on Indonesia’s most populated island erupted on Sunday about a year after its last eruption, killing more than 50 people.
Mount Semeru, the country’s tallest volcano at 12,060 feet, began seeping hot lava and shooting clouds of gas into the sky after monsoon rains eroded the lava dome, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said.
The eruption caused several hundred residents to flee to temporary shelters and safe areas as it shot thick ash nearly 5,000 feet into the sky. The ash rained down on several nearby villages.
Authorities noted increased activity at Mount Semeru and expanded the surrounding danger zone to 5 miles from the crater, raising the alert level on Sunday afternoon.
Residents have also been warned to stay away from a southeastern stretch of the Besuk Kobokan River where lava is flowing.
The volcano last erupted about a year ago in December 2021, killing 51 people and injuring several hundred others with severe burns. The blast buried nearby villages under layers of mud, forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 people.
Semeru is an active volcano that has erupted several times over the past two centuries. Despite the dangers, tens of thousands of Indonesians live in its shadow.
Its eruption comes about a week after the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, spewed ash and lava over Hawaii for the first time in almost four decades.
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