Indonesia’s Merapi volcano spews more than a kilometer of lava with clouds of smoke and ash

The Merapi volcano, located in the central region of the Indonesian island of Java, has expuklsado this Saturday a river of incandescent lava about a mile, and clouds of smoke and ash. All this phenomenon has provoked the alert of the local authorities, without the need to evacuate the population for the moment.

“A lava eruption has been observed that reaches a distance of 1,500 meters to the southwest“The Center for Geological Disaster Research and Development (BPPTKG, for its acronym in Indonesian) have indicated in a statement released today.

It warns the population of nearby towns to avoid activities in danger zones, within a radius of between 3 and 7 kilometers from the volcano crater, although it has not yet been deemed necessary to evacuate to the population. “An explosive eruption could reach a distance of three kilometers from the crater,” they added.

The Merapi, of 2,968 meters high, is located on the border between the special region of Yogyakarta and the province of Central Java. It is the most active volcano in the Asian country and one of the most erupting in the world. He was at the second highest alert level.

His last major eruption, occurred in 2010caused the death of 347 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 400,000, among whom 3,000 families had to be permanently relocated.

The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, a area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity which is shaken by thousands of tremors a year, most of them of small magnitude, and in which there are 127 active volcanoes.

[Al menos 252 muertos por el terremoto de magnitud 5,6 en Indonesia]

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