Volcano rescue workers dig through ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts

This article is over 1 month old Astonishing pictures show fires blazing through ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupted this week Volcano rescue workers dig through ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts…

Volcano rescue workers dig through ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts

This article is over 1 month old

Astonishing pictures show fires blazing through ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupted this week

Volcano rescue workers dig through ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts

Rescue workers are digging through thick, black ash after Mount Semeru in Indonesia erupted this week.

In one image, a rescuer can be seen using a shovel to dig through the layer of ash the volcano spewed into the air on Friday.

AFP reported that rescuers were retrieving the bodies of victims of the volcano.

The authorities are monitoring the eruption of this active volcanic island off the coast of Sumatra after the volcano spewed rocks and smoke into the air.

It erupted at around 6pm local time (10pm GMT) on Friday.

Black smoke billows from Mount Semeru shortly after it erupted. Photograph: David Mathieson/AP

The traffic police in Medan, a major city in North Sumatra, reported that roads and bridges had been destroyed.

Hindi television showed footage of people evacuating areas closer to the volcano’s crater.

Indonesia, which straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, is regularly rocked by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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