A major eruption hit Indonesia’s Mount Semeru on Saturday, killing at least one and injuring dozens as a huge ash cloud descended on the region, Reuters reports,
Running news: The eruption occurred at approximately 4:25 p.m. local time and generated “a large pyroclastic flow (a hot avalanche of ash and rock particles) that traveled down the southern slopes, as well as producing an ash column estimated to be 40,000 had risen to a height of ft. according to the volcano Search,
- Inda Masdar, deputy chief of Lumajang district, said the explosion on the Indonesian island of Java caused burns to at least 41 people.
- Clouds of smoke and ash have reportedly trapped at least 10 people in the buildings.
thought bubble From Nerdshala’ Andrew Friedman: Volcanic eruptions that inject large amounts of sulfate aerosols — tiny particles that help reflect some of the incoming sunlight — could actually help cool the planet for a short period of time.
- This is especially true for volcanoes located in tropical regions, studies have shown. However, it is too early to say whether the latest explosive eruption of Mount Seymuru will be enough to temporarily reverse the pace of human-caused global warming, as the Philippines’ Mount Pinatubo did in 1991.
What are they saying: “We are in great trouble,” said Inda, “it’s sad, their families are all crying.”