The Merapi volcano, located in the central region of the Indonesian island of Java, this Saturday released a river of incandescent lava about a kilometer and a half long, as well as clouds of smoke and ash, which have caused alarm among local residents. authorities.
“A lava eruption has been detected that reaches a distance of 1,500 meters to the southwest,” the Geological Disaster Research and Development Center said in a statement released today.
It is added that the explosive eruption can reach a distance of up to 3 kilometers from the crater.
The evacuation of the local population is not yet deemed necessary.
Merapi with a height of 2968 m is located on the border of the special region of Yogyakarta and the province of Central Java, is the most active volcano in the Asian country and one of the most erupted in the world.
Its last major eruption, which occurred in 2010, killed 347 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 400,000 people, including 3,000 families who had to be resettled permanently.
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