Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta erupted on Sunday, spewing a column of ashes 1,500 meters into the sky. (Antara Photo//Rudi)

Mount Merapi Erupts, Prompting Lahar Warning

BY :YUDO DAHONO

NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Jakarta. Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta erupted on Sunday, spewing a column of ashes 1,500 meters into the sky that marked an increased activity since the government put an alert status on the active volcano in May. 

The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has issued a warning, especially about the danger of lahar, the mud and debris flow that brings down pyroclastic material and rocks from the slope of the volcano. 

"People should be aware of the danger of lahar, especially when there is rain around the peak of Mount Merapi," the center said in a statement on Sunday.

PVMBG also has issued a warning to flights in the region, advising them about minor ash emission from the volcano. 

"People also need to be alert to the danger of volcanic ash from the hot clouds and explosive eruptions," the center said.

The Center for Research and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) said the eruption occurred at 10:46 a.m., lasting for around two and a half minutes.

The wind blew the ashes to the west direction, away from densely populated areas and the Adisoetjipto International Airport in the south.

The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has sent a hazard warning to flights in the region, advising them about minor ash emission from the volcano. 

The center said Merapi has been in "Waspada" or Alert danger level since May. The government forbids anyone to be within a three-kilometer radius from the crater.

 

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