Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts again

Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupts again

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts again

Indonesia‘s Mount Merapi volcano on Java island erupted on Wednesday, sending up a cloud of ash and a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) down its slopes.

It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Authorities are warning area residents to stay out of an existing five-kilometre danger zone.

There were no immediate reports of damage, but some residents had chosen to leave their homes, said the local disaster mitigation agency. As Indonesia is located on the “Ring of Fire” it has the most active volcanos in the whole world.

Merapi had erupted back in 2010, killing more than 350 people.

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