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Alert Raised for Mount Merapi in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Merapi volcano on Java island and halted tourism and mining activities in the area.

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Merapi volcano on Java island and halted tourism and mining activities in the area.

“The Government of Sleman Regency, Magelang Regency, Boyolali Regency, and Klaten Regency should prepare disaster mitigation efforts as the eruption of Mount Merapi can occur at any time,” said the announcement. 

The Center for Research and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) raised the alert level to the second-highest level.

The BPPTKG launched mapping activities that covered 12 villages around the volcano and declared Disaster-Prone Areas.

“This condition can trigger a magma extrusion process or an explosive eruption,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati.

The head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre, Hanik Humaida,  advised villagers living on Merapi’s slopes to evacuate stay 5km from the crater’s mouth.

Last Junem Merapi has already spewed ash and hot gas in a column as high as 6 kilometers.

The last major eruption last 2010 killed at least 347 people and caused the evacuation of 20,000 villagers.

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