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Mount Merapi volcano erupts, spews red-hot lava

 Mount Merapi volcano erupts, spews red-hot lava Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi as seen from Kaliurang, in Yogyakarta on February 19, 2021. (Agence France Presse/AGUNG SUPRIYANTO ). Usage: 0 (Agence France Presse/AGUNG SUPRIYANTO )
Yogyakarta   ●   Fri, February 19, 2021 2021-02-19 14:49 84 559f5bc8c5224ad06a25184c0a1e0e97 2 National merapi-eruption,Yogyakarta,lava Free

Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted on Friday, belching out fiery red lava.

The volcano, close to Yogyakarta, had already spewed lava almost two dozen times over the two last days and caused hundreds of minor volcanic quakes, according to a report by Indonesia's geological agency.

"This morning, lava avalanches were observed seven times," the agency said, with the lava travelling up to 700 metres to the southwest.

However, an official warning over the status of the volcano was unchanged at its second highest level, where it has remained since November last year.

Nearby residents were told to avoid the area within a five-kilometre radius of the crater and were warned about the lava as well as airborne volcanic material.

Last month, the volcano spewed huge clouds of smoke and ash that billowed down its sides.

Mount Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of around 280,000 residents from surrounding areas. 

That was its most powerful eruption since 1930, when around 1,300 people were killed, while another explosion in 1994 took about 60 lives. 

Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes.