Videos show residents fleeing in terror as Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano suddenly erupts and spews a gigantic ash cloud

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Videos show residents fleeing in terror as Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano suddenly erupts and spews a gigantic ash cloud
People flee as Mount Semeru in Indonesia eruptsBNPB Indonesia
  • Mount Semeru in Indonesia erupted on Saturday, killing at least one person.
  • Health officials say at least 41 people have burn injuries, per Sky News.

Residents fled in terror as Mount Semeru, the tallest volcano on the Indonesian island of Java, spewed a gigantic plume of ash for the second time in a year.

The eruption, which began on Saturday afternoon, has killed at least one person, per Sky News.

Health officials said that at least 41 people had burn injuries, Sky News reported.

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Around 30 buildings were destroyed in the eruption, the media outlet said.

Videos show residents fleeing in terror as Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano suddenly erupts and spews a gigantic ash cloud
Semeru is on the Indonesian island of Java.Google

Thoriqul Hal, a local official, told Reuters that a bridge in the area had also been badly damaged.

A video shared on Twitter appears to show the bridge before and after the eruption.

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"This has been a very pressing, rapid condition since it erupted," Hal said.

Videos of Saturday's eruption show terrified locals trying to run away from a huge, fast-moving ash cloud.

Other videos, shared on social media, show parts of Java plunged into darkness. BBC News reported that witnesses said a thick rain of volcanic ash from the eruption was blotting out the sun in two districts.

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Budi Santosa, chief executive of the East Java Regional Disaster Management Agency, told reporters during a Saturday press conference that his team is currently trying to conduct evacuations and is preparing refugee camps for displaced residents.

The 3,676-meter volcano last erupted in January, causing no deaths.

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