Merapi volcano erupts: kilometer-high column of smoke and ash

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted on Saturday, covering villages near the crater with smoke and ash. There are 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

According to official sources, there were no immediate reports of casualties. Images transmitted by local broadcaster Compact TV He showed ash-covered houses and streets in a village near the volcano on the island of Java, near Indonesia’s “cultural capital” Yogyakarta.

The Merapi Volcano Observatory estimates that the ash cloud reached 3,000 meters above the summit.

At least eight villages near the volcano have been affected by volcanic ash, an officer from Merapi’s observation posts said. The last major eruption of the volcano in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced about 280,000 residents to evacuate; It’s Merapi’s most powerful eruption since 1930, when about 1,300 people died. Instead, an explosion in 1994 killed about 60 people.

Source: Today IT