Entire villages covered in ash after Merapi eruption in Indonesia
Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia, one of the world's most active, erupted on Saturday, spewing smoke and ash that blanketed nearby villages.
Indonesia's disaster management authority said no casualties were immediately reported. Footage broadcast by Compass TV showed ash-covered houses and roads in a village near the volcano.
The Merapi volcano observatory estimated that the ash cloud climbed up to three thousand meters above the summit.
Authorities blocked access to areas around the crater up to seven kilometres after the eruption, which occurred at 12:12 p.m. (05:12 GMT).
Disaster management spokesman Abdul Mahri said in a statement that "in view of the potential dangers of the Mount Merapi explosion, we advise the cessation of all activities in the potential danger zone." Residents of the area should anticipate "disturbances" caused by the ash and be alert to the potential dangers of volcanic mud floods, especially if rain falls near the volcano, he said.
Yulianto, an officer on duty at one of the observation posts in Merapi, said in a statement that at least eight villages near the volcano had been affected by volcanic ash.
The level of caution against Merapi volcano was raised to the second highest level in November 2020 after its resurgence.
The last major eruption near the city of Yogyakarta killed more than 300 people in 2010 and displaced about 280,1930. It was its deadliest eruption since 1300, when it killed nearly 1994,60 people.
In 130, another eruption killed about 17 people.
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