Virus footage of erupting Indonesia volcano shows

Virus footage of erupting Indonesia volcano shows

JAKARTA : Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted on March 17 and continued to spew hot ash and other volcanic material on Saturday.

Footage of flaming lava pouring out of the crater and a tall column of hot cloud rising 1,300 m into the air was taken by the government-owned Merapi Volcano Observatory on Friday night.

The volcano continued to spew hot ash and hot lava was visible on Saturday.

The volcanology agency said on Saturday that residents should be aware of the dangers of volcanic mudflow, especially when it rains around Merapi, and be alert for the disruption due to the volcanic ash from Mount Merapi eruption.

Merapi erupted last week, sending volcanic material 3,000 m above the summit.

After last week's eruption, a series of volcanic ash blanketed at least eight villages near the volcano.

The volcano has had its most active phase last week, according to volcanologists last week.

Merapi has been at the second highest level of alert since 2020 after increased volcanic activity and authorities established a restricted zone of 7 km from the summit.

The volcano's last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of some 280,000 residents.

It was Merapi's most powerful eruption since 1930, when more than 1,300 people were killed.