The Disaster: The infamous Ring of Fire, in the Pacific Ocean is home to over 75 percent of the world’s active volcanoes, with Indonesia sitting smack in the middle of it at the intersection of three tectonic plates. Earning the title of Indonesia’s most deadly volcano, Kelud has had bigger explosions than the February 13th eruption, including a 1919 event killed 5160 people. So when Kelud erupted at 11:50 pm, most feared the worst. Luckily the death toll was minimal (7 dead), but the massive 12-mile high ash plume covered a huge area in up to three inches of sediment, wreaking havoc across Java, the world’s most populous island — closing airports, devastating agricultural industries, shutting down businesses, and paralyzing the tourism industry.
State of Recovery: All of the 11,000 homes destroyed have been rebuilt and all displaced individuals returned.
Where to Donate: International Red Cross
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