Mount Semeru Spews Lava Producing Hot Clouds Affecting its Vicinity

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The volcanic mountain in East Java, Mount Semeru, has spewed out lava which created hot clouds to affect areas towards the direction of Besuk Kobokan on February 2.

    The Lumajang Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) quick reaction deputy commander Sugiono said the hot clouds were first observed at 06:36 Western Indonesia Times (WIB). 

    “The lava caused a large quantity of dark smoke to soar to the Northern side of the mountain,” said Sugiono. 

    This has affected the six villages that are in the vicinity of the 3,676 meter-high Mount Semeru.

    Moreover, the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) chief Kasbani said that Mount Semeru remains to be one of the most active volcanic mountains in Indonesia and can produce up to dozens of smaller eruptions each day. 

    “As the mountain releases its energy the heap on top becomes unstable and causes the incandescent lava avalanches. They become cold lava once it piles up at the bottom and is exposed to rainfall,” said the PVMBG chief. 

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    DAVID PRIYASIDHARTA (CONTRIBUTOR)