Eruption of Indonesia's Mount Semeru! Volcanic ash blankets sky in Java island
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On Sunday, December 4, Indonesia raised its warning to its highest level after Mount Semeru in East Java province erupted and prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.
Japan's Meteorological Agency said the plume from the volcano reached 15 kilometers into the air. Mount Semeru, which lies around 500 miles southeast of the capital Jakarta, began erupting at 2:46 am local time.
Videos shared on social media showed nearby villages blanketed in grey ash. Villagers were seen moving away from the slopes of the volcano, some with belongings stacked on motor bikes.
Nearly 2,000 people in the densely populated island of Java have been evacuated from villages close to the peak. The eruption blanketed several villages with falling ash, which blocked out the sun, but no casualties have been reported.
The authorities advised locals to keep away from the volcano's southeastern sector along the Besuk Kobokan River, which is in the path of the lava flow.
The volcanic eruption comes after several earthquakes struck Java recently, including a 5.7 magnitude quake on Saturday.
The channel lists such natural disasters as:
1) Geological emergencies: Earthquake, Volcanic eruption, Mud, Landslide, Avalanche;
2) Hydrological emergencies: Flood, Tsunami, Limnological disaster,
3) Fires: Forest fire, Peat fire;
4) Meteorological emergencies: Tornado, Cyclone, Blizzard, Hail, Drought, Tornado, Hail, Hurricane, Tsunami, Storm, Thunderstorm, Tempest.