At least 14 persons dead after Indonesian volcano eruption

Rescuers in Indonesia raced to find survivors in villages blanketed by molten ash after the eruption of Mount Semeru killed at least 14 persons and left dozens injured.

Semeru, or Mount Semeru, is an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia.

It is located in a subduction zone, where the Indo-Australia plate subducts under the Eurasia plate.

It is the highest mountain on the island of Java.

The name “Semeru” is derived from Meru, the central world mountain in Hinduism, or Sumeru, the abode of gods.

This stratovolcano is also known as Mahameru, meaning “The Great Mountain” in Sanskrit.