• February 4, 2023

Indonesia’s Most Active Volcano Erupts : NPR

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, spits stones and gas into the morning sky on Wednesday morning. Agung Supriyanto / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, spits stones and gas into the morning sky on Wednesday morning.

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Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, erupted Wednesday, radiating a stream of lava into the mountain and clouds of gas into the sky.

The eruption sparked the volcano’s longest lava flow since the threat to Merapi increased in November, Hanik Humaida, director of the Yogyakarta Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Reduction, told The Associated Press. The sounds of the outbreak were reportedly heard nearly 18 miles away.

The 9,737 foot high Mount Merapi volcano is located on the densely populated island of Java. No residents have been evacuated Wednesday morning, but officials are closely monitoring the volcano’s activities. Agung Supriyanto / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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The 9,737 foot high Mount Merapi volcano is located on the densely populated island of Java. No residents have been evacuated Wednesday morning, but officials are closely monitoring the volcano’s activities.

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The 9,737 foot high volcano is located on the densely populated island of Java and near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It has erupted repeatedly recently and has kept local officials and residents on high alert.

In November, local authorities evacuated nearly 2,000 people living in the Magelang and Sleman Java mountain areas after the Merapi eruption. Authorities earlier this month evacuated More than 500 people in Magelang spat out hot clouds of ash after the volcano.

No residents have been evacuated as of 5:30 p.m. EST, but Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring activities on the volcano. People were told to stay outside of the 3 mile danger zone around the crater.

Merapi’s last major outbreak in 2010 killed 347 people.

When Mount Merapi erupted in 2010, 347 people were killed. July Nugroho / Xinhua News Agency / Getty Images Hide caption

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PHOTOS: Indonesia's Sinabung volcanic mountain erupts, spewing up ash for miles

Indonesia, an archipelago with 270 million inhabitants, lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a horseshoe-shaped series of seismic fault lines around the ocean. This location makes the country prone to earthquakes, volcanic activity, and tsunamis.

In August, the Indonesian mountain Sinabung is on the island of Sumatra. spat out A cloud of ash that towers several miles into the sky and poses health and aviation risks for days.

A series of eruptions in 2018 at Anak Krakatau volcano, which also triggered a deadly tsunami, caused severe damage and forced Authorities to divert flights.

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