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Indonesia's Mt. Merapi emits hot clouds 7 times up to 1.5 km

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesia's most active volcano Merapi emitted hot clouds seven times as far as 1,500 m to the southwest and southeast, the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) said on Thursday.

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Located on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter mountain is in the status of the third level of danger.

The potential dangers are lava avalanches and hot clouds in the southeast-southwest sector. An ejection of volcanic materials could reach an area within a radius of 3 km from the summit if an explosive eruption occurs.

The first, second and third hot clouds rolled down 1,000 m after 5:00 a.m. local time to the southwest for 100 seconds with a maximum amplitude of 35 mm.

The fourth hot cloud flowed down 1,200 m at 6:15 a.m. for 110 seconds with an amplitude of 60 mm and the fifth one glided down 1,500 m at 9:38 a.m. for 127 seconds with an amplitude of 45 mm, all to the southeast.

Similarly, the sixth and seventh hot clouds slid down 1,100 m to the southeast, at 9:55 a.m. for 95 seconds with an amplitude of 40 mm and at 6:54 p.m. local time for 85 seconds with an amplitude maximum of 36 mm.

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