Merapi volcano (Java, Indonesia): continuing glowing rockfalls

Mon, 15 Mar 2021, 10:09
10:09 AM | BY: MARTIN
Glowing rockfalls from the active lava dome (image: PVMBG)
Glowing rockfalls from the active lava dome (image: PVMBG)
Phoenix clouds lifted from the avalanche accompanied by white gas and steam plume from the summit vent (image: PVMBG)
Phoenix clouds lifted from the avalanche accompanied by white gas and steam plume from the summit vent (image: PVMBG)
The active lava dome continues to grow and produce incandescent rockfall avalanches that descended the SW slope of the volcano. Collapsing parts of the flow generated a small avalanches that lifted an ash plumes (so-called phoenix clouds).
Pyroclastic flows - turbulent and hot avalanches of hot lava rocks, ash and volcanic gasses mixed together - are being released from the growing dome.
Emissions of steam and gases rose 1,300 ft ft (400 m) above the summit and drifted E-NE and W.
The volcano's official alert level remains at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public is being warned to stay at least 5 km away from the summit.

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