In a devastating turn of events, at least 11 hikers have been confirmed dead following the eruption of Mount Marapi in western Indonesia. According to the local rescue, the eruption, which occurred on the island of Sumatra, claimed the lives of these individuals while leaving several others missing.
Mount Marapi, standing at 2,891 meters (9,484 feet), unleashed its fury on Sunday, sending a towering column of ash soaring 3,000 meters into the sky. Abdul Malik, the head of the Padang Search and Rescue Agency, revealed that 26 people were yet to be evacuated, with rescue teams successfully locating 14 of them. Tragically, 11 were found lifeless, marking the grim aftermath of the volcanic eruption.
Throughout the night, rescue teams tirelessly worked to bring stranded mountaineers to safety, according to West Sumatra's natural resources conservation agency. Rudy Rinaldi, the head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency, shared details of the challenging rescue mission, mentioning that some of the survivors were undergoing medical treatment.
Reports indicate that individuals suffered burns due to the intense heat, requiring immediate medical attention.
Mount Marapi, currently on the second alert level in Indonesia's four-step system, prompted authorities to enforce a three-kilometer exclusion zone around its crater. The eioruptn serves as a stark reminder of the country's geographical position within the Pacific Ring of Fire, a volatile region characterized by high volcanic and seismic activity resulting from the convergence of continental plates.
Indonesia, home to nearly 130 active volcanoes, grapples with the inherent geological challenges posed by its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire. As the nation copes with the aftermath of this tragic incident, rescue operations continue, with hopes of locating the missing hikers and providing support to those affected by the eruption of Mount Marapi.