The Jakarta Post
Footage live-streamed by Posko Induk Balerante's YouTube channel. (JP/Hariz Ghifari)
On an afternoon late last January, Nadya Makhya's smartphone began blowing up with notifications. It was her parents, panicking from the news of Mount Merapi erupting. The 25-year-old was working in Yogyakarta, while her parents lived in their native Surabaya, East Java. "The news about Merapi on social media is often exaggerated [...] I sent them a link for a live video stream of Merapi so they can see for themselves,” Nadia said, explaining that this was something that a lot of other Yogyakarta residents did to calm relatives who lived in other cities. The link Nadya sent her parents pointed to various YouTube channels broadcasting Mount Merapi's activities non-stop for 24 hours. The contents are a mix of CCTV broadcasts, graphics containing raw seismic observation data and a seismograph indicating the volcano’s activity. These channels are managed by res...
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