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Jakarta Post

Mount Merapi spews hot ash

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 7, 2019   /   06:04 pm
Mount Merapi spews hot ash Thick smoke billows from Mount Merapi on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java on Monday morning. Ash was reported to have fallen in several places in nearby Klaten regency. (The Jakarta Post/Tarko sudiarno )

The Mount Merapi volcano saw an increase in volcanic activity on Thursday, spewing hot ash twice in the morning.

The first eruption occurred at 7:44 a.m., reaching 1,200 meters in height and lasting 121 seconds, while the second one came at 10:17 a.m., reaching 1,000 meters in height and lasting 97 seconds.

Despite the heightened activity, residents were told to remain calm and go on about their activities as usual.

“The residents are still within a safe distance [from the hot ash],” the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) wrote on its Twitter account.

As the latest development was not considered a threat to local residents living on Merapi’s slopes, the BPPTKG decided to maintain the alert level at waspada (caution), the second-highest level in the country's four-tiered alert system.

However, it advised residents and tourists to steer clear of a 3-kilometer radius of the peak of the mountain to avoid any possible danger. (vny)