Volcanic eruption at Mount Semeru
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Geography
- 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.
- About Sulawesi: Click here