June 21, 2020, 04.57 PM

YOGYAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia's most active active volcano, Mount Merapi, has blown its top once again on Sunday, June 21. The eruption caused a stir, not least on social media.

Caught on camera

The Tribunnews news website said the eruption has gone viral on Twitter. A 26-second video from the account @merapi-news has made the rounds of social media. The video showed locals converging to watch Mount Merapi spew a column of ash and smoke.

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Another account under the name @VolcanoYTz uploaded an eight-second video of the eruption.

Confirming the eruption

The Yogyakarta Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) confirmed the eruptions. “Gunung Merapi’s first eruption occurred at 9:13 am. It sent a column of ash and smoke rising up to 6 thousand meters,” said BPPTKG official Lasiman.

Lookouts manning the Merapi observation post in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta observe the volcanos eruption on Sunday (21/6/2020).ANTARA FOTO/HENDRA NURDIYANSYAH Lookouts manning the Merapi observation post in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta observe the volcanos eruption on Sunday (21/6/2020).

“It lasted 328 seconds, and was noted on the seismogram with a 75 millimeter amplitude.” The BPPTKG confirmed the second eruption, which lasted 100 seconds. They did not confirm the scale of the ash and smoke spewed upwards in the second eruption.

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The BBPTKG issued warnings to the residents living on Merapi’s slopes. “We have maintained the alert on Mount Merapi to be at Level II or ‘Caution’. We also urge the public to stay clear of areas within a three-kilometer radius of Merapi’s peak.”

The Level II alert is the second-highest threat level in Indonesia, just below Level I or ‘Beware’.

Mount Merapi means 'Mountain of Fire'. The mountain lived up to its billing as Indonesia’s most active volcano. The mountain’s last major eruption was in 2018. Its first major eruption was recorded over a thousand years earlier in 1006.

Indonesia sits on the Ring of Fire, an area around the Pacific Basin that is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

(Writer: Wijaya Kusuma/ Editor: Khairina, Michael Hangga Wismabrata)




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