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Tragedy Strikes as Volcano Eruption Claims Lives of Hikers in Indonesia

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In a devastating incident that unfolded on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, breaking news today reveals that at least 11 hikers have lost their lives following a volcanic eruption on Mount Marapi. The eruption, which occurred on Sunday, propelled a towering column of ash approximately 3,000 meters into the sky.

Abdul Malik, the head of the Padang Search and Rescue Agency, provided an update on the situation, stating that out of the 26 individuals who were yet to be evacuated, 14 had been located. Tragically, 11 of them were found deceased, while three were miraculously found alive. The total number of hikers on the mountain during the eruption was reported as 75, with ongoing efforts by rescue workers to account for all of them.

The search continues for the remaining 12 hikers who are still missing, while 49 have successfully descended from the mountain. Some of those who made it down safely have been transported to hospitals for medical attention, according to Rudy Rinaldi, the head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Rinaldi provided insights into the conditions faced by the rescued hikers, noting that some suffered burns due to the intense heat, particularly those who ventured closer to the volcanic crater. The rescue teams, working tirelessly through the night, are focused on ensuring the safe descent of mountaineers still on the volcano.

Mount Marapi, standing at 2,891 meters (9,484 feet) and located on Sumatra, is currently at the second alert level in Indonesia’s four-step system. In response to the eruption, authorities have enforced a three-kilometer exclusion zone around the volcano’s crater, emphasizing the potential dangers posed by ongoing volcanic activity.

The Indonesian archipelago, situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is known for its high volcanic and seismic activity due to the convergence of continental plates. The region is home to nearly 130 active volcanoes, making it susceptible to such natural disasters.

As the search and rescue operations intensify, the international community is closely following this tragic event in Indonesia. The loss of lives among the hikers serves as a somber reminder of the unpredictable and hazardous nature of volcanic activity, underscoring the need for precautionary measures and swift response to ensure the safety of those in vulnerable areas.

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