Merapi Spews Clouds, Evacuation Ordered

Residents around Mt. Merapi in Indonesia were ordered to evacuate after the volcano spewed hot gas and debris.

Residents around Indonesia’s Mt. Merapi were ordered to evacuate after the volcano spewed hot gas and debris.

The 500 people living on the slopes of Merapi in Magelang district on Java Island had no choice but to leave after eruptions continued throughout the day.

“Until now, the potential danger is not more than 5 kilometers (3 miles),” aid Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center chief Hanik Humaida.

The alert for Merapi has already been raised to the second-highest after tremors were felt last November.

According to Volcano Discovery, the lava dome in the summit crater has already produced a series of glowing avalanches which meant new magma building up in the dome.

Merapi’s last eruption was in 2010 and killed 347 people. 


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