Saturday 12 March 2022

Evacuations following series of eruptions on Mount Merapi, Java.

Slightly over 250 people were evacuated from their homes temporarily following a series of eruptions on Mount Merapi, a 2970 m stratovolcano (cone-shaped volcano made up of layers of ash and lava) in Central Java, considered to be one of Indonesia's most active, that began slightly before midnight local time on Wednesday 9 March 2022. The volcano underwent a series of major eruptions between midnight and 2.00 am on Thursday 10 March, producing a series of lava rivers and pyroclastic flows. This prompted the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana to extend the exclusion zone around the volcano from 3 km to 7 km on a temporary basis, prompting the evacuations. The eruptions persisted till Friday 11 March, although they decreased in severity over time.

A lava flow on the flank of Mount Merapi. Volcano Discovery.

The approximate location of Mount Merapi. Google Maps.

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