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Indonesia’s Merapi volcano spews ash, debris in new eruption

By: AP | Yogyakarta (indonesia) |

March 27, 2021 3:57:59 pm

Indonesia’s most unstable volcano was erupting once more Saturday, releasing plumes of ash excessive into the air and sending streams of lava and particles down its slopes. No casualties had been reported.

An avalanche of rocks spilled down Mount Merapi’s slopes earlier than daybreak and clouds of sizzling ash shot 200 meters (656 ft) into the air because the mountain groaned and rumbled, mentioned Hanik Humaida, the pinnacle of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Middle.

The volcano unleashed sizzling clouds of ash at the very least eight instances for the reason that morning in addition to a collection of pyroclastic flows — a mix of rock, particles, lava and gasses — that had reached practically 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) down its slopes, Humaida mentioned.

The two,968-meter (9,737-foot) excessive volcano is on densely populated Java island close to the traditional metropolis of Yogyakarta. It’s the most lively of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted just lately.

Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Middle has suggested villagers residing on Merapi’s slopes to remain 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from its crater and concentrate on the peril of lava.

Merapi’s final main eruption in 2010 killed 347 folks.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million folks, sits alongside the Pacific Ring of Hearth, a horseshoe-shaped space alongside the sting of the ocean that’s susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic exercise.

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