Indonesia’s most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.
Ash and sand covered areas several kilometers (miles) away from the peak of the rumbling crater near Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta.
This is the second powerful eruption of Merapi volcano in March 2020. But authorities did not raise Merapi’s alert level.
“There has been no reports of damage from the eruption. We urge people to stay calm and not panic,” national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said.
Past Eruptions of Merapi Volcano
Merapi erupted earlier this month, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 metres in the air.
That eruption coated Yogyakarta and neighbouring city Solo with grey dust and forced an airport closure.
Mount Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of 280,000 residents.
That was Merapi’s most powerful eruption since 1930, which killed around 1,300 people, while another explosion in 1994 took about 60 lives.
Meanwhile at Ibu volcano, Indonesia
Look at the amazing strombolian eruptions with intermittent ash erupions generating abundant volcanic lightning at Gunung Ibu volcano, Halmahera, Indonesia between March 8-10, 2020…
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Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes and sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity. Be prepared for the next one. More volcano news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [France24]