Camping comes with a lot of potential pitfalls, considering you’re usually trekking around in captivity with no easy access to the electronics and luxuries you may be used to. But imagine having to deal with a truly alarming occurrence — having a live volcano erupt right near you.
A particular group of campers had to deal with this while they were having breakfast recently — and an eruption happened mere miles from them.
Mount Merapi is Indonesia’s most active volcano, which erupts every five to 10 years. According to 9 News, the volcano’s last major eruption was in 2010, which killed 347 people and caused the evacuation of 20,000 villagers. Fortunately, the campers were able to quickly pack up and get to safety.
“We all left our things, heading away north from the mountain,” explained Shopan Pangestu, one of the campers. “There was a black cloud and we were right under it. Fortunately, the direction of the wind was heading south, and the black cloud was southward, not towards us.”
Officials said that all 120 people hiking on the mountain were safe, so the eruption didn’t have any fatal consequences. Still, it’s pretty unsettling to think about the huge natural disaster happening so close to so many people.