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Volcanic eruption at Mount Semeru

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  • January 20, 2021
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Volcanic eruption at Mount Semeru

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Geography

In news 

  • Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has erupted, pouring ash an estimated 5.6km (3.4 miles) into the sky above Java, the country’s most densely populated island.

Important value additions

  • Semeru – also known as “The Great Mountain” – is the highest volcano in Java and one of the most active. 
  • It is located in the subduction zone, where the Indo-Australia plate subducts under the Eurasia plate.
  • It is also one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist hiking destinations.
  • The volcano previously erupted in December, when about 550 people were evacuated.

Do you know?

  • Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic activity as well as earthquakes.
  • Within the last week, Indonesia has endured multiple landslides, a deadly earthquake on Sulawesi island, and the loss of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 with 62 people on board.

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