Indonesian volcano, that killed 48, erupts again

Indonesian volcano, that killed 48, erupts again
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Indonesian volcano, that killed 48, erupts again. Rescuers have been sent fleeing after lava flowed and ash spewed into the air.

On Thursday, December 16, Indonesia’s mount Semeru sprung into life again and erupted twice. The volcano let loose a massive ash column and lava flowed towards rescuers in the area.

On December 4, the volcano erupted on the island of Java. Sadly, 48 people were killed and many more were left missing. The disaster left nearly 10,000 people seeking refuge as homes were swallowed by ash and mud.


The rescue mission from the first eruption had been set to end on Thursday but this could possibly continue after the new eruptions.

Speaking to AFP rescuer Saiful Hasan commented: “It is too dangerous for rescuers to continue.” According to Hasan, the speed of the lava flow had increased due to rain in the area.

Local villages had already been evacuated due to the original eruption. So far no new injuries or deaths have been reported. Rescuers fear that the volcano could cause more damage now that the rainy season is here.

Hasan added: “Not to mention that we are now in the rainy season that could trigger a spill from the crater.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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