Erupting Indonesian volcano spews ash, lava

Mount Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced some 280,000 others to evacuate
Mount Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced some 280,000 others to evacuate

Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has spewed a plume of grey ash into the sky as fiery red molten lava streamed down from its crater.

Authorities did not raise the rumbling volcano's alert status after the on Thursday evening.

But any activity at Merapi raises concern and have previously been ordered to stay outside a five-kilometre (three-mile) no-go zone around the crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

Its last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced some 280,000 others to evacuate.

It was Merapi's most powerful eruption since 1930, which killed some 1,300 people, while another explosion in 1994 took about 60 lives.

Across the Southeast Asian archipelago, Mount Karangetang on Sulawesi island also erupted this week with more than a hundred nearby residents ordered to evacuate from the remote site.

Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands and islets—and nearly 130 .

It sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.

Mount Karangetang on Sulawesi island also erupted this week with more than a hundred nearby residents ordered to evacuate
Mount Karangetang on Sulawesi island also erupted this week with more than a hundred nearby residents ordered to evacuate

Explore further

Indonesia's Merapi volcano unleashes river of lava

© 2019 AFP

Citation: Erupting Indonesian volcano spews ash, lava (2019, February 8) retrieved 20 June 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-erupting-indonesian-volcano-spews-ash.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
40 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Feb 10, 2019
In a single eruption, a volcano can release as much radioactive material as all nuclear weapons, as well polonium-210 worse than cesium-137 & protactinium-231 equivalent to plutonium-239 in terms of toxicity. Carbon-free nuclear plants emit less radiation than a bunch of bananas.
https://pbs.twimg...gopu.jpg
https://pbs.twimg...-2KV.jpg
https://pbs.twimg...Iqax.jpg
https://pbs.twimg...i1ov.jpg
https://pbs.twimg...rqYP.jpg

Feb 10, 2019
In a single eruption, a volcano can release as much radioactive material as all nuclear weapons, as well polonium-210 worse than cesium-137 & protactinium-231 equivalent to plutonium-239 in terms of toxicity. Carbon-free nuclear plants emit less radiation than a bunch of bananas.
https://pbs.twimg...gopu.jpg


Tell that to the former residents of Chernobyl.

Feb 10, 2019
Ukraine and Belarus have low cancer rates, and Chernobyl is now a tourist zone.
https://pbs.twimg...N4Vd.jpg
https://uploads.d...6bce.jpg
http://i2.wp.com/...zzx3.jpg
http://www.cherno...abk-1jpg
"Will The Truth About Chernobyl Ever Come Out?"
"In fact, about a thousand people never left Chernobyl and have survived just fine for 30 years."
https://www.forbe...ome-out/
"World's Most Exotic Tourism Destination? Chernobyl"
https://www.youtu...5fjy3jCI

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more