Mt. Merapi spewed sulfuric gas and ash as high as 1,500
meters on Sunday, raining a thin film of ash over villages located east and
southwest of the volcano’s crater.
“The ejection of sulfuric gas occurred at
about 6:54 a.m. and resulted in ash falling over areas located 6 to 7
kilometers from the peak,” said Geological Disaster Research and Development
Technology Center head Subandriyo.
He said villages affected by the ash
included those in Klaten and Magelang regencies, Central Java.
He suspected that the
eruption was triggered by a earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale 115
kilometers southeast in Malang, East Java, on Sunday night
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