The Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency said that Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia, erupted twice on Monday (22nd), spewing ash as high as 1,500 meters to the southwest.
Xinhua News Agency reported that the head of the center, Hannik, said that the first eruption of Mount Merapi was at 2 o’clock in the morning local time on Monday, and the eruption lasted 134 seconds. Harnik said: “The first eruption spewed out 1,300 meters of ashes.”
The second eruption occurred at 5:11 in the morning and lasted 150 seconds. The eruption sent gray clouds to a distance of 1,500 meters to the southwest. In addition, from 00:00 to 6:00 in the morning, Mount Merapi released five times of high-temperature magma 1,000 meters southwest.
Hanik added: “Currently, Mount Merapi is still at the third highest level of activity.” “We urge residents or tourists not to go to these dangerous areas.”
The volcano erupted on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, killing more than 200 people and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes in 2010.
Mount Merapi is located 28 kilometers north of Yogyakarta in Central Java and has been erupting since May 2018. The last major outbreak was at the end of 2010. It was the most violent since 1930. It destroyed multiple villages, killed more than 300 people and evacuated 280,000 people.