Mount Merapi's eruption on Saturday (23/02) seen from Klangon Hill in Yogyakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Mount Merapi Erupts Again

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 27, 2019

Yogyakarta. Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta has become increasingly active since Saturday night (23/02). Local authorities said the volcano erupted six times between 6.00 p.m. and midnight, expelling lava from its craggy crater and spewing volcanic ash and thick white smoke into the air. 

The current danger level at the volcano, whose last major eruption was in 2010, is "Waspada" or Alert. This means no one is allowed to be within a three-kilometer radius from the crater.

In the village of Kalitengah Lor, six kilometers from the crater, dozens of residents were still going about their daily business on Saturday. 

In 2010, at least 353 people were killed and more than 350,000 were displaced from their homes on the slope of the volcano when it erupted. 

Resident living on Mt. Merapi hillside in Kalitengah Lor, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02)  The active stratovolcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents of Kalitengah Lor, a village on the slope of Mount Merapi, go about their daily business on Saturday (23/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Resident walks in front of Mt. Merapi warning sign in Kalitengah Lor, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02) Following the 2010 eruption,  Indonesian government departments declared a prohibited zone which nobody can permanently stay and no infrastructure is allowed in 9 villages at Cangkringan districts: Palemsari, Pangukrejo, Kaliadem, Jambu, Kopeng, Petung, Kalitengah Lor, Kalitengah Kidul and Srunen. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A warning sign says "Beware Cold Lava/Hot Cloud." (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Tourist takes a selfie with Mt. Merapi on the background in Klangon Hill, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02) Klangon hill located at the disaster-prone areas. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
 A hiker takes a selfie at Klangon Hill near Yogyakarta, with Mount Merapi's crater in the background, on Sunday (24/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents read a warning sign about the danger of Mt. Merapi volcanic ash in Kalitengah Lor, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02) Volcanic ash consists of fragments of pulverized rock, minerals and volcanic glass, created during volcanic eruptions. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents read a guide on how to protect themselves from volcanic ash. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Resident carrying on her shoulder a stack of grass through the Mt. Merapi evacuation route in Kalitengah Lor, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02) Dozens of residents still living inside the 6 kilometer around the Kalitengah Lor. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A sign in Kalitengah Lor village points to an evacuation route. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pigeon seen in Klangon hill, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02) Residents who live near the hill raising pigeons as a symbol of peace to live in harmony with the volcano. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pigeon pen at Klangon Hill. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children playing in front of Gajah stone, a memoriam of 2010 Mt. Merapi destructive eruption in Kalitengah Lor, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Sunday (24/02) n 2010 at least 353 people were killed and more than 350,000 others victims who lived on the volcano
The Gajah (Elephant) Stone Monument is dedicated to the memory of the 353 residents who lost their lives in the 2010 eruption. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mt. Merapi crater seen from Klangon hill, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on Saturday (23/02) BPPTKG gives a recommendation that on a radius of 3 km from must be emptied of every residents activities. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mount Merapi's craggy crater seen from Klangon Hill in Yogyakarta on Saturday (23/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
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