Disasters & Accidents

Indonesia volcano death tolls climbs to 22

Jakarta, Dec 5 (EFE).- At least 22 people are confirmed to have died after Mount Marapi, the most active volcano on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, erupted two days ago, Abdul Malik, the head of Padang search and rescue agency, said Tuesday.

In a statement, Malik confirmed that 11 more bodies had been found, while one person is still missing.

Some 200 people taking part in the search for the missing mountaineers on Tuesday found 11 bodies amid continued volcanic activity.

During the day, there were at least five minor eruptions, according to rescue teams.

Since Sunday’s main eruption, rescuers have evacuated 52 climbers from the volcano, of the 75 that local authorities say were there at the time of the incident.

Photos and videos shared by search teams show rescuers dressed in orange and wearing masks as they worked on the slopes amid gray ash and smoke bellowing from the volcano’s peak.

Sunday’s eruption occurred around 2:54 pm local time, according to Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

The incident was captured on camera by residents of nearby towns who posted videos on social media of the enormous ash column that caused debris to rain down on the area.

The volcano, with a summit of 2,891 meters, is known as the “Mountain of Fire”.

Indonesia is home to more than 400 volcanoes, of which at least 129 are active and 65 are classified as dangerous.

The Indonesian archipelago sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of major seismic and volcanic activity that sees about 7,000 earthquakes a year, most of them of small magnitude. EFE

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