Semeru volcano news & eruption updates
Semeru volcano (East-Java, Indonesia): Swiss climber missing for 10 days
Monday Jun 13, 2016 11:04 AM | BY: T
Access to the mountain was closed after a 26 year-old Swiss climber has been missing for 10 days now since he climbed the volcano on 3 June.
The young man who climbed the volcano without a guide was reported missing by a travel companion who had been in a different location for a few days and could notice his absence only 3 days later. Despite intense efforts, local search-and-rescue teams have so far been unsuccessful to locate the young man. It can only be speculated about his fate, but chances of his survival seem dwindling.
The most likely causes for the accident are lost orientation on the mountain during ascent or descent, or perhaps falling into one of the difficult-to-access steep ravines draining on the volcano's steep slopes.
Semeru with its 3676 m elevation can also be subject to extreme weather (lightning storms etc), in addition to elevated hazards, in the summit region, due to explosive volcanic activity. In 2000, several volcanologists were killed near the active crater by ballistic bombs ejected during an explosion.
Wednesday, Jun 01, 2016
The activity has not changed significantly for several months at Java's highest and most active volcano. The lava flow on the upper southern flank of the volcano remains active. Due to the steep incline, incandescent rockfalls from its side and front are relatively frequent. ... [more]
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016
A pyroclastic flow (hot avalanche of fragmented volcanic material) occurred on the volcano's southern side yesterday morning, reaching 4.5 km length and producing an ash plume that rose to 26,000 ft (8 km) altitude. Darwin VAAC raised the aviation color code to RED. ... [more]
Monday, Nov 09, 2015
The lava dome inside the summit crater continues to grow slowly. Andi climbed the volcano a few days ago and observed continuous degassing, sometimes followed by minor explosions. [more]
Thursday, Oct 08, 2015
PVMBG reported that during August-29 September both white plumes and gray-to-brownish plumes from Semeru were observed rising as high as 600 m above the crater and drifting in multiple directions; inclement weather sometimes prevented observations. ... [more]
Monday, Jun 15, 2015
Japa's highest volcano has resumed its typical, intermittent ash-righ explosions. ... [more]