Written by by Staff Writer
Around 2,000 people had to evacuate the area around Mount Gessis, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. Since Sunday, the volcano’s earth has been cracking and magma has flowed down its sides — which means the situation could get worse.
Like Nepal, the country of Indonesia has long been plagued by mountain hazards. However, the most significant recent eruptions have only just started, and now experts are warning that the situation is unpredictable.
In Nepal, more than a million people were forced to flee the area around Mount Qomolangma in May 2016 — the most significant eruption in the country’s history. Located in Gorkha district, around 1,200 meters above sea level, it has been producing tremors for more than half a century.
The most recent eruption did not force the evacuation of the national capital of Kathmandu — even though that was about 70 kilometers from Mount Qomolangma — and the nearby Dolakha district. In the last century, there have been three major eruptions of the Everest region, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.