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Merapi spews lava, eruption worries ease

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 30 2010   /  10:27 am

Mount Merapi spewed lava along and sent hot ash clouds down its slopes Friday, easing pressure inside the volcano and making another big eruption less likely.

Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) chief Surono said Friday that volcanic activity should decrease following the release of lava.

However, the volcano’s status remains on high alert and the area remains restricted, he told news portal kompas.com.

Safari Dwiyono, a scientist who has been monitoring Mt. Merapi for 15 years, said the latest volcanic activity appeared to be easing pressure behind a lava dome that had formed in the crater.

“If the energy continues to release little by little as is occurring presently, it reduces the chances of a bigger, more powerful eruption,” he was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.

Mt. Merapi, usually considered a “non-expl...