Volcano Semeru erupts again Thursday, spewing ash cloud

Mount Semeru erupted twice Thursday, belching a massive column of ash into the sky followed by a flow of lava that sent hundreds of rescuers fleeing in panic. 

The highest mountain on the island of Java erupted earlier this month, killing at least 48 and leaving a dozen people missing.  

Rescuers were digging through the mud and volcanic debris when ash -- which reached 4.5 kilometres from the peak -- and lava flow from the latest twin eruptions forced them to suspend the mission.

With information from thejakartapost.com

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