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Indonesia’s most active volcano Merapi erupts

Christian Fernsby |
The eruption of Mount Merapi on the main island of Java unleashed searing gas clouds 2 kilometres down its slopes, Indonesia's Geology and Volcanology Research Agency said on its website.

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It said villagers living on Merapi's fertile slopes are advised to stay 3 kilometres from the crater's mouth.

Ash from the eruption made rain thick and muddy in several villages. Witnesses said the sound was heard 30 kilometres away.

The agency did not raise the alert status of Merapi, which already was at the third-highest level due to its ongoing activity.

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