Woman Calls For Help On Video After Volcanic Eruption

Reports reveal a 19-year-old hiker, Zhafirah Zahrim Febrina, and her 18 companions were in Indonesia on December 3 when a volcano erupted. While waiting for rescue workers, she made a video plea for assistance.

On the next day, eleven hikers were discovered dead, and twelve more were still missing. Mount Marapi, on the island of Sumatra, emitted an ash tower thousands of feet into the sky, leaving hundreds of hikers trapped. Rescuers spent the night searching for them.

In Padang Panjang, western Sumatra, Febrina is receiving medical treatment. The explosion killed eleven hikers and wounded scores more, according to officials. On Monday, after an overnight stay on the mountain, 49 individuals, most of them hikers, were evacuated.

Others are still on the mountain, and twelve are still presumed missing. A minor eruption on Monday caused the search to be briefly paused. From a background of rice fields, the 9,551-foot volcano once again blasted a dense plume of ash into the sky.

Reports show the lifeless body of a female student was discovered the following Wednesday, increasing the confirmed death toll to 23, according to West Sumatra Police Chief Suharyono. On Thursday, authorities announced their belief that all bodies had been located.

There are 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, making it one of the world’s seismically active areas. Earthquakes occur often in this region.

Several volcanoes make up the Ring of Fire in the Pacific basin, and Marapi is only one of them. It erupted in March, albeit on a lower scale. No one was injured.

The closest communities are less than three miles from the top of the volcano, and around 1400 people reside on its slopes.

At the time of the eruption, Marapi was on the third-highest alert level. Officials had reportedly been closely monitoring the volcano for weeks after sensors had identified an uptick in activity.

Sixty persons perished in 1979 because of massive eruptions at Marapi, and an additional nineteen were killed in landslides.

A new eruption from Mount Marapi shot ash more than 10,000 feet into the sky on December 12th, according to the country’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.