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Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts twice on Sunday

Mount Merapi of Indonesia

Indonesia’s active stratovolcano – the Mount Merapi erupted twice on Sunday producing a 6,000-meter-high ash
column. While the first eruption took place at 0913 hours local time, the second eruption followed soon at around 0927 hours local time. Officials from the Sleman District Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said that the height of the ash column from the first eruption stood at 6,000 meters while its amplitude was recorded at 75 millimeters. Thankfully neither of the two eruptions caused any ash rain in the vicinity, confirmed officials of the agency. Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported that the Mt Merapi’s warning status had been upgraded and
maintained at the level of “caution” since May 21, 2018 as local residents were advised to remain calm but alert and ensure at least a three-kilometer-safe distance from the mountain.

The 2,930-meter-high volcano has erupted at regular time intervals over the past two years. Prior to today it had erupted on March 3, 2020. The eruption that day was intense enough to force the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation to temporarily shut down the Adi Sumarmo International Airport in Solo, Central Java.

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