Eruption occurred at #Merapi volcano in Central Java at 09:13 local time today 21st June. Ash plume to heights of +/- 6000m above the summit crater. Photo taken from the flank of nearby Merbabu volcano.
Indonesia volatile volcano is spewing ash and hot gas in a massive column as high as six kilometres into the sky.
Merapi erupted this morning . The perks of living near active volcano. No damage or fatalities reported so far.
Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe- shaped series of fault lines around the ocean.
Mount Merapi’s clouds of ash, accompanied by a rumbling sound heard kilometres away, blanketed several villages on the main island of Java.
Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre did not raise Merapi’s alert status, which already was at the third-highest level since it began erupting last August.
Villagers living on Merapi’s fertile slopes are being advised to stay three kilometres from the crater’s mouth and should be aware of the peril of lava, the agency said.
The 2968-metre mountain is the most active of 500 Indonesian volcanoes. It has rumbled and generated dark hot clouds since last year.