Thursday, February 25

Merapi volcano erupts in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Merapi volcano, one of the most active in the world, erupted on Wednesday, spewing clouds of ash and smoke at least thirty times and sometimes up to three kilometers in height, according to geological services Indonesian.

Warning of a risk of lava flows, authorities have asked residents to respect a five-kilometer no-go zone around Mount Merapi, located on the island of Java near the tourist town of Yogyakarta which is the cultural capital. from Indonesia.

In recent days, floods of incandescent lava poured down from the volcano but the authorities have kept the alert level a notch below the maximum alert.

The last major eruption of Merapi dates back to 2010 and killed more than 300 people, forcing more than 280,000 residents to evacuate.

It was the most powerful eruption since that of 1930 which had killed some 1,300 people. An explosion in 1994 killed 60 people.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where friction of tectonic plates causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Southeast Asian archipelago has more than 17,000 islands and islets and nearly 130 active volcanoes.

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