Cardboard pyramids designed to aid bushfire-displaced wildlife
Although a great number of wild animals were killed by Australia’s recent bushfires, it is believed that even more may perish in the aftermath, as they have nowhere to hide from predators. Inexpensive new biodegradable “habitat pods,” however, could give smaller creatures such hiding places.
The pods were designed by Macquarie University’s Dr. Alexandra Carthey. She was inspired to create them after witnessing ground-dwelling animals falling victim to predators after the bushfires had burned away the tall grasses, bushes and other vegetation that would usually provide cover for the creatures…READ ON
Indonesia volcano: Residents flee in panic after Mt Semeru erupts
At least one person has been killed and dozens suffered severe burns after the Mount Semeru volcano in Indonesia’s East Java province erupted on Saturday, forcing thousands to flee.
Videos shared on Saturday by the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed residents running in panic as towering smoke and ash blanketed some nearby villages in Lumajang district.
Two other people were reported missing and eight were trapped in debris, authorities said.
A thunderstorm and days of rain, which had eroded and finally collapsed the lava dome atop the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Semeru, triggered an eruption, said Eko Budi Lelono, who heads the geological survey center.
He said flows of searing gas and lava traveled up to 800 meters (2,624 feet) to a nearby river at least twice on Saturday. People were advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the crater’s mouth, the agency said…READ ON
Indonesia volcano eruption death toll rises to 13
Rescuers in Indonesia raced to find survivors in villages blanketed by molten ash Sunday after the eruption of Mount Semeru killed at least 13 people and left dozens injured, officials said.
The eruption of the biggest mountain on the island of Java caught locals by surprise on Saturday, sending thousands fleeing and forcing hundreds of families into makeshift shelters.
At least 11 villages of Lumajang district in East Java were coated in volcanic ash, submerging houses and vehicles, smothering livestock and leaving at least 900 evacuees seeking shelter in mosques, schools and village halls.
“We did not know it was hot mud,” said Bunadi, a resident of Kampung Renteng, a village of about 3,000 people. “All of a sudden, the sky turned dark as rains and hot smoke came.”
Dramatic footage showed Semeru pumping a mushroom of ash into the sky, looming over screaming residents of a nearby village as they fled…READ ON