Indonesia: Semeru volcano erupts, spewing ash into the sky

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The Semeros volcano Indonesia, in East Java, exploded today, spewing clouds of smoke and ash, resulting in locals rushing to nearby areas, including Lumajang.

No damage to buildings or injuries were reported, it became known in a statement of the Disaster Management Authority of the country (BNPB), where it added that its local branch installs tents for those who were removed from their homes.

A video released by the BNPB shows locals running as the smoke and ash rising cover villages in East Java province.

Volcanic ash and hot air masses were recorded in the area around 3pm local time, said Abdul Mouhari, a BNPB official.

Torikul Haq, head of Lumajang district near Semeru, told Reuters that the road and bridge connecting Lumajang to the neighboring city of Malang had been damaged.

“It is a very stressful, rapidly evolving situation, since the volcano erupted”, he noted, adding that evacuations of areas are in progress.

Semeru is among the 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

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