Indonesia’s tallest Volcano now erupting. Thousands being evacuated

People are seen as Mount Semeru continues to spew volcanic ash after its eruption, Dec. 5, 2022, in Lumajang Regency, Indonesia. Suryanto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Micah 1:4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Important Takeaways:

  • Eruption of Mount Semeru, Indonesia’s tallest volcano, prompts evacuations for thousands living downslope
  • Evacuations were announced Sunday as the 12,060-foot volcano, located in East Java in Indonesia, about 300 miles southeast of the capital Jakarta, began to spew lava and ash into the densely populated island
  • Thick ash was blasted more than 4,000 feet into the air while lava flowed down the slopes toward the Besuk Kobokan River, about 8 miles from the crater, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency announced.
  • Prior to Sunday, Mount Semeru erupted from Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, with daily explosions at the summit that sent ash plumes nearly 3,000 feet into the sky, according to the Global Volcanism Program at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History.
  • The last major eruption occurred in December 2021, which killed 51 people in nearby villages, according to the AP.

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