Sunday 21 July 2019

Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava

Mount Merapi, on the island of Java, has entered an ‘effusive eruption phase’, experts said.

Mount Merapi spews volcanic material (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
Mount Merapi spews volcanic material (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

By Associated Press Reporters

Indonesia’s volatile Mount Merapi volcano has unleashed a river of lava that flowed 4,600ft down its slopes.

Merapi, on the island of Java, has entered an “effusive eruption phase”, said Kasbani, head of the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.

Kasbani, who goes by a single name, said the volcanic material that spewed out late on Tuesday was the volcano’s longest lava flow since it began erupting in August.

He said the alert level has not been raised but people should stay out of a 1.8-mile danger zone around the crater.

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Mount Merapi spews volcanic material (Slamet Riyadi/AP)

The 9,737ft mountain, located near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes.

Its last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions because it straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

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