East Java’s highest volcano erupts
JAKARTA,. Mt Semeru, the highest volcano in East Java Province, Indonesia erupted today spewing clouds of smoke as high as 4,500 metres into the air at about 5.24 pm eastern Indonesian time.
According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the 3,676-metre mountain is now categorised as level two or alert status, adding that the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (PVBMG) is conducting further evaluations of the eruption.
Villagers living in the surrounding areas such as in Desa Sumber Mujur and Desa Curah Koboan were ordered to practise caution and to stay away from the mountain area, it said.
According to PVBMG’s data, there are more than 70 active volcanoes in Indonesia, of which seven have erupted within the past two years.
They are Mt Anak Krakatau in Sunda Strait, Mt Merapi (Central Java), Mt Kelud (East Java), Mt Sinabung (North Sumatera), Mt Bromo (East Java), Mt Soputan and Mt Lokon (North Sulawesi).