Moment burned volcano survivors plead for help after getting caught in deadly eruption that claimed 11 lives and left 12 others missing

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19-year-old Zhafirah Zahrim Febrina spoke desperately into her phone in a clip since shared by her family

Shocking footage shows burned volcano survivors pleading for help after getting caught in an eruption in Indonesia over the weekend.

Still covered in ash and clearly distraught, 19-year-old Zhafirah Zahrim Febrina spoke desperately into her phone in a clip since shared by her family.

‘Mum, help Ife,’ she said, referring to herself by a family nickname. ‘This is Ife’s situation right now.’

The young woman is now in a nearby hospital with her father and uncle after being trapped on the mountain on a hiking trip with 18 school friends.

‘She is going through a tremendous trauma,’ said her mother Rani Radelani, 39.

‘She is affected psychologically because she saw her burns, and she also had to endure the pain all night.’

In another video, a young girl is pictured with thick ash and dirt in her face, on her clothes and in her hair. Her face appears bloodied and her voice hoarse. She is also heard speaking into her phone, trapped in apocalyptic scenes.

19-year-old Zhafirah Zahrim Febrina spoke desperately into her phone in a clip since shared by her family 

'Mum, help Ife,' she said, referring to herself by a family nickname. 'This is Ife's situation right now.'

‘Mum, help Ife,’ she said, referring to herself by a family nickname. ‘This is Ife’s situation right now.’

Locals shared fearful messages as ash clouds filled the sky in Indonesia over the weekend

Smoke billows following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, December 4 2023

Smoke billows following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, December 4 2023

The Marapi volcano erupted on Sunday, leaving nearly 75 hikers stranded. There are 26 people who have not been evacuated, 11 of which were found dead and 12 are still missing

The Marapi volcano erupted on Sunday, leaving nearly 75 hikers stranded. There are 26 people who have not been evacuated, 11 of which were found dead and 12 are still missing

The victims are heard struggling for breath and in clear distress as they utter their messages to loved ones.

At least 11 hikers were found dead following the eruption of the Marapi volcano in Indonesia on Sunday – and the search to find 12 others who are missing is on hold due to safety concerns. Nearly 75 climbers trekking up the nearly 2,900-metre mountain have also been stranded, according to AFP.

The eruption shot hot ash as high as 9,843 feet into the air. Authorities have raised the alert to the second-highest level and prohibited residents from going within 1.8 miles from the crater’s mouth because of the possibility of lava.

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As the search goes on for the missing 12 hikers, Febrina’s family was relieved she was one of the lucky ones.

Good news arrived in the form of a livestream on video app TikTok by a member of the rescue services, in which Radelani saw her visibly shaken daughter.

‘It felt incredible, praise God she has been found,’ Radelani said.

‘If she asks me to allow her to climb a mountain, I’ll say no.’

Febrina is reportedly a Padang State Polytechnic student, known to be a resident of Padang City. 

A total of 49 climbers were evacuated from the area following the eruption, which took place at 2.54pm local time (0754 local time).

Pictures also showed cars and roads covered with ash after the colossal explosion.

Nearby villages and towns were blanketed by tons of volcanic debris. Volcanic dust and rain smeared the faces and hair of evacuated climbers, according to video on social media. 

Authorities have barred residents and visitors from carrying out any activities within 3 kilometres of the crater, and have set the second-highest alert level for Marapi mountain.

‘We have distributed masks to residents and encourage them to stay inside their houses,’ said Ade Setiawan, an official at BPBD’s local disaster management unit.

But not all were so fortunate to escape. 

Eight of those rescued from the scene of the eruption were rushed to hospitals with burn wounds and one also had a broken limb.

‘There are 26 people who have not been evacuated, we have found 14 of them, three were found alive and 11 were found dead,’ said Abdul Malik, head of Padang Search and Rescue Agency. 

Local rescue agency spokesperson Jodi Haryawan said the rescue efforts had been broken up by sporadic eruptions but the search was still going despite the risks.

‘Once it was safer they continued the search. So the search was not halted,’ he told AFP.

Another woman was shown speaking into her phone as ash covered the ground

Another woman was shown speaking into her phone as ash covered the ground 

Febrina is reportedly a Padang State Polytechnic student, known to be a resident of Padang City

Febrina is reportedly a Padang State Polytechnic student, known to be a resident of Padang City

A climber sent a video describing her condition after the eruption of Mount Merapi, West Sumatra, on Sunday

A climber sent a video describing her condition after the eruption of Mount Merapi, West Sumatra, on Sunday

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Mount Marapi spews volcanic materials during an eruption seen from Batu Palano village in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, 4 December 2023.

Mount Marapi spews volcanic materials during an eruption seen from Batu Palano village in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, 4 December 2023.

A motorist rides past by as Mount Marapi spews volcanic materials during its eruption in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, December 4, 2023

A motorist rides past by as Mount Marapi spews volcanic materials during its eruption in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, December 4, 2023

A woman sits outside a house as Mount Marapi spews volcanic materials during its eruption in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, December 4, 2023

A woman sits outside a house as Mount Marapi spews volcanic materials during its eruption in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, December 4, 2023

Rescuers carry away a victim after the eruption of Mount Marapi in Agam, West Sumatra, on December 4, 2023

Rescuers carry away a victim after the eruption of Mount Marapi in Agam, West Sumatra, on December 4, 2023

Rescue teams evacuate a victim of the eruption of Mount Marapi. Three people found by rescuers were alive

Rescue teams evacuate a victim of the eruption of Mount Marapi. Three people found by rescuers were alive

Rescuers talk to a man affected by Monday's volcano eruption in Marapi, Indonesia

Rescuers talk to a man affected by Monday’s volcano eruption in Marapi, Indonesia 

‘Some suffered from burns because it was very hot, and they have been taken to the hospital,’ Rudy Rinaldi, head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency said to AFP. 

‘Those who are injured were the ones who got closer to the crater.’

A clip shared with AFP by rescue teams at the scene showed an ambulance blaring its sirens, rushing an evacuated climber from the scene with burns.

In another clip, a rescue worker with a flashlight strapped to his head piggybacks a hiker who moans in pain and says ‘God is great’ as she is led to safety in the darkness of night.

The eruption was ongoing, which was preventing air evacuations by helicopter, Malik said.

‘Visually, until this morning, smokes are still billowing from the top. Visually, everything still looks grey,’ Rinaldi commented.

Falling ash blanketed several villages and blocked sunlight, National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said. 

Authorities distributed masks and urged residents to wear eyeglasses to protect them from volcanic ash, he said.

About 1,400 people live on Marapi’s slopes in Rubai and Gobah Cumantiang, the nearest villages about 3.1 to 3.7 miles from the peak. 

Marapi’s alert level was maintained at the third-highest of four levels, Abdul Muhari said.

He confirmed that authorities had been closely monitoring the volcano after sensors picked up increasing activity in recent weeks.

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that caused no casualties.

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Hendra Gunawan, the head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation, said Marapi has been observed regularly erupting since 2004 with a gap of 2 to 4 years.

‘Marapi eruptions are always sudden and difficult to detect using equipment because the source is near the surface,’ Gunawan said, ‘This eruption was not caused by the movement of magma.’ 

The volcano is among more than 120 active sites in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire,’ an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

The Southeast Asian country has nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Huge eruptions in 1979 killed 60, while another 19 were killed by landslides. 

The Ring of Fire is a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone and hotbed of tectonic and volcanic activity.

Roughly 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes occur in the belt, which is also home to more than 450 volcanoes. 

The seismic region stretches along the Pacific Ocean coastlines, where the Pacific Plate grinds against other plates that form the Earth’s crust.

It loops from New Zealand to Chile, passing through the coasts of Asia and the Americas on the way. 

The eruption sent ash plumes nearly 10,000 feet into the air and hot ash clouds spread several miles

The eruption sent ash plumes nearly 10,000 feet into the air and hot ash clouds spread several miles

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that caused no casualties. It is located on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’

Authorities distributed masks and urged residents to wear eyeglasses to protect them from volcanic ash

Authorities distributed masks and urged residents to wear eyeglasses to protect them from volcanic ash

In total, the loop makes up a 25,000-mile-long (40,000km) zone prone to frequent earthquakes and eruptions.

The region is susceptible to disasters because it is home to a vast number of ‘subduction zones’, areas where tectonic plates overlap.

Earthquakes are triggered when these plates scrape or slide underneath one another. When that happens at sea it can spawn tsunamis. 

Only on Saturday, the Philippines was rocked by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake which caused explosions and saw buildings shake under pressure.

Philippines is also located in the ‘Ring of Fire’.

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