Merapi: Indonesia’s Merapi volcano erupts spewing hot clouds – Times of India

JAKARTA: Merapi from Indonesia volcano erupted on Saturday, spewing hot clouds up to seven kilometers high, the country’s disaster response agency said in a statement.
The volcano in Indonesia Yogyakarta a special region erupted around noon (0500 GMT) and a lava flow of 1.5 km was observed, the local government said.
Residents of the nearby community have been warned to halt all activity in the danger zone between three and seven kilometers around the crater, the statement said.
The 2,963 meters high (9,721 feet) Merapi is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes and was already at the country’s second highest alert level.
Yulianto, official at the local checkpoint, said no residents have been evacuated.
“This has only been observed once, there have been 5-6 avalanches. If the coverage continues to increase and the distance exceeds 7 kilometers, residents will probably be advised to evacuate,” he said.
Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia has more volcanoes than any other country. Merapi last erupted violently in 2010, killing more than 350 people.

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