The death toll from the eruption of the Chemeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java has risen to 13, the country’s disaster relief agency said on Sunday (5). Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the organization, said only two of them had been identified so far.
According to Muhari, at least 98 people were injured, including two pregnant women, and 902 were evacuated from the area. Of the total injuries, at least 35 should be hospitalized for burns, the agency said.
The eruption occurred at 3:30 pm Saturday (5:30 EDT local time) and covered many villages around the mountain with ash. Dozens of residents were forced to flee their homes as smoke billowed from buildings in the area..
At an altitude of more than 3,600 meters above sea level, Semeru is one of the 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia. It had already erupted in January this year, but no casualties were reported.
Indonesia is located in a region known as the Pacific Circle of Fire, which is a very active seismic zone where different plates of the Earth’s crust meet, causing a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes.
(* With Reuters information)
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