The eruption of the Semeru volcano on the island of Java: dead and wounded

Semeru volcano, on the Indonesian island of Java, erupted on Saturday 4 December, causing deaths and injuries. The provisional toll speaks of at least thirteen dead and about sixty injured, including many burned. Ash and cold lava covered entire villages: the inhabitants had to spend the night in shelter in shelters and mosques. Rescuers continue to dig through the debris.

Dozens of people have so far been extracted alive. Lumajang village was covered in a thick layer of cold lava and ash. The last major eruption of Semeru was in December 2020.

Indonesia is located on the so-called Pacific Fire Belt, where the meeting of continental plates causes strong seismic activity. This Southeast Asian archipelago has nearly 130 active volcanoes on its territory. At the end of 2018, the eruption of a volcano between the islands of Java and Sumatra caused a tsunami that claimed almost 400 lives.

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