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Mount Semeru erupts 6 March 2009

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The news from Indonesia is that Mount Semeru on Java erupted early today. The volcano apparently erupted shortly after midnight, ‘spewing smoke and ash high into the sky and coating a nearby town in black dust’. Recent heavy rains and the direction of the wind restricted the impact of ashfall. No evacuation has been ordered but volcanologists are monitoring the volcano closely ‘for signs of lethal heat clouds’ – the term often used in Indonesia for pyroclastic flows.

Semeru is the highest volcano in Java (3676m) and one of the most active: the Global Volcanism Program observes that ‘Semeru has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967’.

UPDATE: The Indonesian volcanological authorities have raised the alert level at Semeru to the second highest level of ‘siaga’ or orange (the Reuters India report cited below incorrectly reports it as the ‘maximum’ level).

[Thanks to the Eruptions blog for picking this one up.]

News
Volcano erupts in IndonesiaStraits Times, 6 March 2009
Indonesia’s Semeru volcano eruptsPhilippine Star, 6 March 2009
Indonesia raises alert on volcano in east Java – Reuters India, 7 March 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Semeru – summary information for Semeru (0603-30=)
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

The Volcanism Blog