Indonesia’s tallest Volcano now erupting. Thousands being evacuated

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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Indonesia hit by 5.6 earthquake triggering landslides and collapsing buildings

Earthquake Indonesia

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Dozens Dead In Indonesia Quake
  • The 5.6-magnitude temblor struck early Monday afternoon in Cinajur, West Java, only around 50 miles southeast of the country’s highly populated capital of Jakarta.
  • The earthquake collapsed buildings in Cianjur and triggered landslides.
  • Hundreds of people are injured and dozens more were killed.
  • A school and a hospital were among the buildings damaged in Cinajur
  • At least 56 people were killed there and 700 others were injured. Those numbers could rise as the extent of the damage becomes clearer.

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Indonesia hit by two Earthquakes 6.7 and 6.4

Matthew 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

Important Takeaways:

  • 6.7-, 6.4-magnitude earthquakes shake Indonesia and the Philippines
  • The second quake, with a magnitude of 6.7, was the stronger of the two. It occurred about 104 miles west of the Indonesian city of Pariaman at a depth of 17 miles
  • The first quake, with a magnitude of 6.4, struck minutes earlier in the Philippines near the capital Manila and off the Coast of Luzon Island.
  • The agency said neither earthquake affected much land and there were no reports of major damage or injuries. Officials also said that no tsunami warnings were necessary.

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Eruption on Mount Merapi Forcing Hundreds of Residents to Seek Safety

Matthew 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupts multiple times in waves, forcing 250 residents to flee
  • Mount Merapi volcano erupted at least seven times and spouted hot ash just before and after midnight
  • The eruption sent fast-moving pyroclastic flows — a combination of rock, lava and gas —up to 5km (3.1 miles) down its slopes
  • At least 253 individuals were evacuated from near the volcanic region in Merapi to temporary shelters
  • One of the most active among more than 120 volcanoes in Indonesia, Merapi has been repeatedly erupting with lava and gas clouds in the last few months.
  • No immediate casualties or injuries were reported.

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6.1 Hits Shallow in Sumatra

Important Takeaways:

  • Earthquake hits Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, killing at least 2
  • The magnitude 6.1 quake caused tremors that were felt in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, officials and witnesses said.
  • The quake, which did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, caused residents to flee buildings in some areas, including in the city of Padang in West Sumatra Province, and even triggered evacuations in Malaysia.
  • Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency chief, Suharyanto, said at least two people were killed and some buildings including a government office, homes and a bank sustained damage.

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Massive quake strikes near Australia

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Important Takeaways:

  • Northern Australia rocked by magnitude-7.2 earthquake in Indonesia
  • The quake is believed to have been a magnitude-7.2 quake and hit north of East Timor at 5.25am AEDT
  • There is no tsunami threat to anywhere in Australia.
  • Northern Territory’s Chief Minister has reacted to the region’s early morning earthquake, saying it was the most dramatic he’s felt.

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Indonesia’s Semeru volcano erupts, people warned to stay away

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Semeru volcano on Java island erupted early on Sunday spewing a two km (1.24 miles) high ash column, prompting authorities to warn people to stay away from the eruption range.

Earlier this month, the eruption of Semeru, Java’s tallest mountain, ejected ash clouds and pyroclastic flows that killed at least 46 people and left several missing, while thousands were displaced.

On Sunday, the early morning eruption resulted in dense white and grey ash clouds, according to Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG).

The agency warned nearby residents not to conduct any activities within a five km (three miles) radius of the eruption center and to keep a 500 meter (1,500 feet) distance from riversides due to risks of lava flow.

PVMBG also told people to not conduct any activities within 13 km (eight miles) southeast of the eruption center.

With 142 volcanoes, Indonesia has the largest population globally living in close range to a volcano, including 8.6 million within 10km (six miles).

(Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Michael Perry)

Indonesia considers relocations after deadly volcanic eruption

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s volcanology agency is sending a team of researchers to the Mount Semeru volcano to identify areas too dangerous for villagers to stay after it erupted on Saturday, killing dozens of people on the slopes of Java island’s highest mountain.

In the days since the disaster, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the disaster warning system and whether some villages should be moved.

Ediar Usman, an official from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), told a media briefing that some areas were potentially no longer safe to inhabit.

“It’s not impossible that a similar disaster could happen in the future,” he said.

Eko Budi Lelono, who heads the geological survey center, told Reuters the team would be sent this week and included experts from Yogyakarta who had studied the Merapi volcano near that city.

An estimated 8.6 million people in Indonesia live within 10 km of an active volcano, well within the range of deadly pyroclastic flows.

The magnitude of Saturday’s eruption caught many villagers off guard, with dozens unable to escape as the volcano projected an ash cloud kilometers into the sky, and sent dangerous pyroclastic flows into villages on the fertile slopes below.

At least 34 people were killed, with another 22 still missing, while thousands have been displaced, according to the disaster mitigation agency.

The eruption almost entirely buried some villages under meters of molten ash, with more than 100,000 homes partially damaged or destroyed.

Surveying the worst affected areas by helicopter on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo said that at least 2,000 homes would have to be rebuilt in different areas.

Semeru is one of more than 100 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area of high seismic activity that rests atop multiple tectonic plates.

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Indonesia bolsters recovery efforts after volcano kills 34

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised on Tuesday to bolster evacuation efforts and repair damaged homes after visiting the site of a volcanic eruption on Java that has killed at least 34 people.

The 3,676-metre Mt. Semeru volcano erupted on Saturday sending a cloud of ash into the sky and dangerous pyroclastic flows into villages below.

Thousands of people have been displaced and 22 remain missing, according to the disaster mitigation agency.

After visiting evacuation centers and surveying the area by helicopter – getting an aerial view of villages submerged in molten ash – the president said recovery efforts would be bolstered now and in the months ahead.

“I came to the site to ensure that we have the forces to locate the victims,” said the president, speaking from Sumberwuluh, one of the worst-hit areas.

“We hope that after everything has subsided, that everything can start – fixing infrastructure or even relocating those from the places we predict are too dangerous to return to.”

At least 2,000 homes would need to be relocated to safer areas, he said.

Search and rescue efforts continued on Tuesday but have been hampered by wind and rain, and limited equipment in some areas.

Mt. Semeru erupted three times on Tuesday. Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said on Monday there was potential for further flows of hot gas, ash and rocks.

Mt. Semeru is one of more than 100 active volcanoes in Indonesia, in an area of high seismic activity atop multiple tectonic plates known as the “Pacific Ring of Fire.”

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Janet Lawrence)