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Indonesia’s Semeru volcano spews gas; nearby residents on alert

The Semeru volcano in Indonesia's East Java province spewed searing gas, ash, and other volcanic materials 4.5 kilometers down its slopes on Saturday, the country's disaster management agency said.

Jakarta, 16 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) — The Semeru volcano in Indonesia’s East Java province spewed searing gas, ash, and other volcanic materials 4.5 kilometers down its slopes on Saturday, the country’s disaster management agency said.

The alert level for Semeru, the highest mountain on Java island, remained at one notch above normal, said agency spokesman Raditya Jati.

There were no reports of casualties, Raditya said.

“Residents have been advised to remain alert for a potential disaster,” he said.

A similar eruption also occurred in December, prompting hundreds to flee.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals, and has about 128 active volcanoes.

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