Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupts

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JAKARTA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Friday, emitting incandescent lava 15 times as far as 1,000 meters from 00:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m. local time, said the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center.

Head of the center Hanik Humaida said that in those six hours, Mount Merapi had also belched 24 avalanches with an amplitude of 4-38 mm for 11-97 seconds and emitted thick white solfatara smoke as high as 400 meters above the peak.

“The white smoke indicates that the dominant gas composition is water vapor. This smoke is common in active volcanoes,” said Humaida.

Meanwhile, from 00:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, Mount Merapi was also recorded to spew incandescent lava 15 times as far as 1,200 meters to the southwest upstream of Krasak and Boyong rivers.

Authorities have recommended that residents do not move to dangerous areas, namely within a radius of 5 km from the summit, and prohibit mining activities in rivers that originate from Mount Merapi.

Mount Merapi is located at two provinces, namely Central Java and Yogyakarta. In 2010, the eruption of Mount Merapi killed more than 200 people and displaced many others. Enditem

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