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Warning raised to highest level after volcanic eruption on Indonesian island of Java

After Mount Sammaru, Indonesia’s highest volcano on Java island erupted, on December 5, authorities raised the alert level, imposing a no-travel zone for thousands of residents of East Java province within a radius of 8 km around the volcano. volcano and evacuate residents of villages near the volcano.

Tholib Batilihan, a spokesman for the East Java search and rescue agency, said search and rescue teams have been dispatched to the areas worst affected by the Sammaru eruption.

“After yesterday’s eruption, rainfall has increased. Therefore, objects from the top of the volcano are falling to the foot of the mountain. But today, it can be said that it is no longer raining,” he said. No casualties were reported as a result of the eruption and air traffic was not disrupted.

The 3,676 meter high volcano erupted on December 4. According to video recorded by local residents, the ash from the crater spread through the air and nearby rice fields, roads Ash fell on the bridge and the sky turned black.

In a video shared by the Indonesian Environment Ministry on Twitter, lava, rocks and hot gas can be seen falling down the mountainside.

Authorities said residents living near the volcano were evacuated by motorbike and nearly 2,500 people were evacuated. The Indonesian Geological and Volcanic Risk Reduction Agency has raised the alert level for Mount Sammaru to the highest level.

The agency also warned people not to enter within 8 km or 500 meters of the volcano due to the risk of lava eruption.

Last year, Mount Sammarumi erupted, killing more than 50 people and leaving thousands homeless. The East Java eruption follows a series of earthquakes, including one that killed more than 300 people last month in West Java province on the island of Java.

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