Indonesia’s Merapi volcano erupted again, spewing a cloud of ash


Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted again on Wednesday, spewing a cloud of ash and hot gases up to 1.5 kilometers into the air. Images show a thick cloud of smoke and ash in Central Java.

The footage (see video above) shows local residents preparing their vehicles for an evacuation. The eruption was heralded by a series of small earthquakes. The volcano has been regularly active in recent months.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has urged the public to avoid the area around the volcano’s crater within a radius of 4.5 kilometers and to wear face masks in case of contact with falling ash.

The second highest alert level has been in effect since 2020
The Merapi volcano is located about 35 kilometers north of the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java. A serious eruption in 2010 killed more than 340 people and displaced tens of thousands. Due to increasing activity, the volcano has been at the second highest alert level since November 2020.

Nearly 130 active volcanoes in the country
There are almost 130 active volcanoes throughout Indonesia. The island nation is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic tremors.

Source: Krone


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