Tourists Missing on Indonesian Island Following Volcanic Eruption
Photo: Mount Barujari erupting. (Photo via @TheAnkaraTimes)
On Tuesday, a volcano called Mount Barujari in Indonesia erupted just before 3 p.m. local time, trapping hundreds of foreign tourists on the island.
According to NBCNews.com, Mount Barujari’s eruption caused a plume of ash 6,500 feet tall that halted air travel in the region and forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, including at least 389 tourists registered to climb the surrounding mountain.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority said that rescue teams were initially searching for almost 400 people who had climbed the mountain since Sunday and they have located around 120 foreign tourists already. Those who have already been found were heading down from the mountain Wednesday.
One India News shared a video about the eruption on YouTube:
In total, there are an estimated 250 visitors who remain unaccounted for around Mount Barujari, but no injuries have been reported amongst those who have been found. Officials in Indonesia have not released the nationalities of the missing tourists, and the United States Embassy in Jakarta could not confirm if any of them were American nationals.
Mount Barujari is a smaller volcano that sits inside the crater of a much larger volcano called Mount Rinjani. The volcanoes are located on Lombok Island between Bali and West Nusa Tenggara.
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