Mt Merapi erupts
Tue, October 26 2010 21:05 | 861 Views
Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - Mount Merapi erupted on Tuesday evening, spewing hot clouds several times, after the Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre had raised the alert status to the highest level the day before.
"Between 05.02 p.m. and 05.34 p.m. the volcano spewed hot clouds four times and right now hot clouds are coming out of the volcano again and again," Head of the Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre Surono said on Tuesday.
The hot clouds signified the eruption of Mount Merapi after the agency had raised the alert status to the highest level the day before, he said.
The first hot cloud which emerged at 05.02 p.m. moved in westerly direction. But the next hot clouds could not be monitored well because of rains falling on the volcano`s peak, he said.
A danger siren at Kaliurang area in Sleman district sounded at 05.57. At 06.05 p.m. the Yogyakarta Vulcanological Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTK) pulled out all its personnel from observatory posts.
"In the 2006 (eruption), hot clouds lasted for seven minutes. But this time the hot clouds have lasted for more than 20 minutes now," he said.
The long duration of hot clouds showed fairly powerful energy, he said.
At around 06.00 p.m. officers at the Jrakah and Selo posts heard three eruptions and later the volcano sent smoke 1.5 km into the sky. "It is sure the type of Merapi`s eruption is explosive," he said.
At least 70 people were killed when the volcano erupted in 1994 after its lava dome collapsed. The volcano killed an estimated 1,300 people in 1930.(*)
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