Indonesia's Mount Semeru has erupted, pouring ash and smoke more than 5 kilometers into the sky above Java, just days after 49 people were killed in a deadly earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Iran press/Asia: No evacuation orders have been issued so far on Java, the country's most densely populated island, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned villagers living on the mountain's slopes to be alert for ongoing volcanic activity.

Agency warned people around the river basin on the slopes of the mountain should beware of high rainfall intensity that can trigger lava floods.

The volcano spewed hot ash for 3,000 meters in early December, triggering panic among villagers.

Government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes throughout Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 250 million people.

Meanwhile, on Sulawesi island, rescue operations were underway following a magnitude-6.2 earthquake that killed at least 49 people and injured hundreds on Friday.

Still, thousands of people spent the night in the open fearing aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

Mamuju, the capital of West Sulawesi province with nearly 75,000 people, was strewn with debris from collapsed buildings.

On Thursday, a magnitude 5.7 undersea quake hit the same region, damaging several homes but causing no apparent casualties. It was followed by more than 30 aftershocks, including the deadly quake.

Many survivors said that aid had not reached them yet due to damaged roads and disrupted communications.


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