He Merapi volcanolocated in the central region of the Indonesian island of Javaexpelled this Saturday a incandescent river of lava about a mile and a half, and clouds of smoke and ashwhich have caused 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 Indonesia) said 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 crater of the volcano, although it has not yet been considered necessary to evacuate the population.
“An explosive eruption could reach a distance of 3 kilometers from the crater,” he adds.
yuliantoan official at the local checkpoint, said no residents had been evacuated.
“This has only been observed once, there have been 5-6 avalanches. If the coverage continues to increase and the distance is greater than 7 kilometers, it is likely that the evacuation of the residents will be recommended, ”she said.
The Merapi, of 2,968 meters highis located on the border between the special region of Yogyakarta and the province of Central Java, and is the most active volcano in the Asian country and one of the most erupting in the worldand was at the second maximum alert level.
Its last major eruption, which occurred in 2010, caused the death of 347 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 400,000, among whom 3,000 families had to be permanently relocated.
In November 2020, after showing a resumption of activity, the authorities raised the alert level of the Merapi volcano to the second highest.
The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called “Ring of Fire” of the Pacific, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken by thousands of tremors a year, the majority of small magnitude, and in which there are 127 active volcanoes.
(With information from EFE, AFP and Reuters)
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