Mt Merapi spews lava 12 times in single day

Mt Merapi spews lava 12 times in single day

Illustration — Incandescent lava flows down the slope of Mount Merapi in Balerante, Kemalang, Klaten, Central Java on February 24, 2021. (ANTARA FOTO/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho/wsj)

Yogyakarta (ANTARA) - Mount Merapi, which straddles Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces, emitted lava 12 times between midnight and 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to the Geological Disaster Research and Technology Development Center (BPPTKG).


The first eight lava ejections were recorded between midnight and 6 a.m., with a maximum sliding distance of 1,500 meters in the southwesterly direction, BPPTKG chief Hanik Humaida said in a written statement issued on Wednesday.


The last four lava ejections were monitored between 6 a.m. and noon, with a maximum sliding distance of 800 meters, also in the southwesterly direction.


No lava flow was recorded between noon and 6 p.m.


According to the latest earthquake data, 20 earthquake avalanches were recorded, with an amplitude of 4 mm to 36 mm and a duration of 11-121 seconds.


On Wednesday, the BPPTKG retained the volcano’s alert status at Level III.


The lava and hot clouds ejected by the volcano were projected to affect areas located south and southwest of the volcano, including Kuning, Boyong, Bedog, Krasak, Bebeng, and Putih. 

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