DRAMATIC footage captures the moment Mount Semeru erupted, sending avalanches of 700°C ash into the air.
It comes just a year after at least 50 people were killed when the same volcano erupted on Indonesia’s main island of Java.
Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated after the volcano – also known as “The Great Mountain” – blew its top again.
A clip from the powerful eruption showed an “avalanche” of 704C ash falling into a series of valleys.
Other incredible footage shows plumes of smoke spewing 50,000 feet into the air.
According to the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), flaming hot ash plumes were nearly 12 miles (19 km) from the center of the eruption.
No injuries have been reported since the blast at 2.46am local time (7.46pm Saturday GMT), but people have been warned to stay at least 8km away as authorities have upgraded the alert level to the highest level.
Images show rescue workers desperately helping to evacuate people from the area.
The eruption, some 400 miles east of the capital Jakarta, follows a series of earthquakes in western Java, including one last month that killed more than 300 people.
PVMBG chief Hendra Gunawan said a larger volume of magma could have built up in 2021 and 2020 compared to previous volcanic eruptions, which could pose a greater risk to a larger area.
He said, “Semeru’s hot clouds could reach farther and at a distance where there are many dwellings.”
The Gladak-Perak Bridge, which was rebuilt last year after last year’s eruption, was damaged by the blast, while pictures show the aftermath of the scorched landscape.
Semeru, the highest mountain on Java at 12,060 feet, erupted last year, killing more than 50 people and killing thousands.
With 142 volcanoes, Indonesia has the world’s largest population living in close proximity to a volcano, with 8.6 million people living within 10 km of one.
It comes just days after stunning photos showed Mauna Loa – the world’s largest active volcano – spewing lava in its first eruption in almost 40 years.
The night sky in Hawaii turned reddish-orange as the volcano began spewing lava for the first time since 1984.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6838095/mount-semeru-erupts-lava-ash/ Dramatic moment Mount Semeru erupts, spewing lava and 700°C hot ash into the air after the volcano killed 50 people just a year ago