Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupts killing 13

Indonesia's Mount Semeru erupts killing 13

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupts killing 13

The Semeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java erupted on Saturday, killing thirteen people, injuring at least 57 and trapping several others in buildings as it spewed out huge clouds of smoke and ash.

The eruption severed a strategic bridge connecting two areas in the nearby district of Lumajang with the city of Malang and wrecked buildings, authorities said.

It left at least 11 villages of Lumajang district coated in volcanic ash, submerging houses, smothering livestock and leaving at least 900 evacuees seeking cover in mosques, schools and village halls.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.