Massive Volcanic Eruption – VIDEO

( – Highlighting the suddenness and dangers of natural events, Mount Marapi, an active volcano in western Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, erupted, sending a three-kilometer-high ash plume into the sky.

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The eruption did not immediately report any casualties or damage. However, Indonesian rescuers later found the bodies of 11 climbers and said that at least 12 to 22 climbers were still missing.

Hendra Gunawan, the head of Indonesia’s Centre of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, confirmed the eruption and its ongoing nature. He stated, “The column of ash was observed in grey color with thick intensity leaning toward the east. The eruption is still ongoing.”

Ahmad Rifandi, an official at the Mount Marapi monitoring station, noted that ash rain reached Bukittinggi city, the third-largest city in West Sumatra, advising those in the vicinity to wear protective gear like hats, glasses, and masks.

Mount Marapi, with a peak of 2,891 meters and known as the ‘Mountain of Fire,’ is the most active volcano on Sumatra island. It is under the third-highest alert level of Indonesia’s four-step system, with an exclusion zone of three kilometers from its crater. Despite this, about 75 climbers ascended the mountain, leading to numerous injuries and evacuations.

Jodi Haryawan, a local rescue agency spokesperson, indicated that the rescue efforts were challenging due to sporadic eruptions but continued despite the risks. Abdul Malik, head of Padang Search and Rescue Agency, reported that 49 climbers were evacuated, with many being treated for burns. He said, “There are 26 people who have not been evacuated, we have found 14 of them, three were found alive and 11 were found dead.”

The Indonesian archipelago, situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, experiences frequent volcanic and seismic activity. Indonesia, a Southeast Asian country with nearly 130 active volcanoes, is constantly on alert for such natural disasters.

Mount Marapi’s eruption and its aftermath underscore the volatile nature of the region and the need for constant vigilance and preparedness.