Mount Merapi's latest eruption seen from Bulit Klangon in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Rizky Tulus).

Indonesia's Most Active Volcano Erupts Again


MARCH 03, 2020

Yogyakarta. Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, erupted again on Tuesday morning, sending a massive smoke-and-ash column 6,000 meters into the sky. 

The Center for Investigation and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) tweeted this morning Mount Merapi's eruption occurred at exactly 5.22 a.m. for a length of 450 seconds, with an amplitude of 75 mm.

The BPPTKG also recorded hot gas clouds down Mount Merapi's slopes toward Kali Gendol, two kilometers from the peak.

Residents living on the slopes of Merapi are advised to stay at least three kilometers away from the summit as heavy rains mixed volcanic ash into thick mud that has blanketed several villages.

Until now, the BPPTKG has maintained a level II warning for the volcano. All climbing activities are banned except for investigative and research expeditions related to disaster mitigation.

Flights at Yogyakarta's Adisutjipto International Airport have not been disrupted by the eruption since the wind in Yogyakarta has been blowing north, away from the airport.