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Merapi volcano
Stratovolcano 2968 m / 9,737 ft
Central Java, Indonesia, -7.54°S / 110.44°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Merapi volcano eruptions:
1548, 1554, 1560, 1584, 1586(?), 1587, 1658, 1663, 1672, 1678, 1745, 1752, 1755, 1768, 1791, 1797, 1807, 1810, 1812-22, 1822-23, 1828, 1832-36, 1837-38, 1840, 1846, 1848(?), 1849, 1854(?), 1861, 1862-64, 1865-71, 1872 (large vulcanian-subplinian eruption VEI:4) , 1872-73, 1878-79, 1883-84, 1885-87, 1888, 1889, 1891-92, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1902, 1902-04, 1905, 1906-07, 1908, 1909-13, 1915, 1918, 1920-21, 1922, 1923(?), 1924, 1930-31, 1932, 1933-35, 1939-40, 1942-45, 1948, 1953-58, 1961, 1967-1970, 1971(?), 1972-85, 1986-90, 1992-2002, April-July 2006, Oct 2010-2011 Feb, 2018 (May), late 2018 - ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Highly explosive. Large Plinian eruption every few 1000 of years (the last ones at about 1000 BP and 2000 BP), sometimes with associated flank collapse. Growth of lava domes, pyroclastic flows.
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Sun, 14 Nov 2010, 04:02
A small pyroclastic flow occured at Merapi yesterday, reaching 1.8 km from the summit. Today, the explosive activity from the vents at the summit seems to have decreased further. The ash plume rises to about 1 km above the crater and appears to be much smaller in volume than yesterday. Yogyakarta airport is scheduled to reopen on 16 Nov, if the trend of decreasing activity continues.
Sat, 13 Nov 2010, 09:08
After the powerful explosions and devastating pyroclastic flows last weekend, and a minor pyroclastic flow on 11 Nov morning, Merapi's activity has sharply decreased. ...more
Sat, 6 Nov 2010, 11:03
Strong eruptions continue at Merapi volcano, Indonesia. Violent explosions are audible tens of kilometers away from the summit. Magma is still rising inside the volcano and even more powerful explosions could occur. Ash from the explosions and from pyroclastic flows is forming a large plume reaching 10-20 km altitude and extending now over 300 km to the west. The ash threatens to reach the airspace of Jakarta airport soon, which promted Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirates and other airlines to suspend long-haul flights to Jakarta for the time being. ...more [read all]
Fri, 5 Nov 2010, 16:27
The eruption of Merapi, now already the worst since at least 1872, is still increasing, and news are hard to keep up with: extremely large and dangerous pyroclastic flows occured yesterday and today, reaching up to 13-18 km distance. Tragically, more than 77 more people have been killed, bringing the total death toll to over 100 so far. ...more [read all]
Thu, 4 Nov 2010, 16:59
Violent explosions and pyroclastic flows continue at Merapi. According to news, 6 more people were killed in the eruption, bringing the death toll from the current eruption to at least 44 so far. The Darwin VAAC reports the ash plume reaching 39,000 ft (ca. 13 km) altitude extending 200 km to the west. ...more
Wed, 3 Nov 2010, 16:17
The eruption of Merapi volcano seems to have produced its strongest explosion so far today this afternoon around 16-17h local time. According to satellite data from the Darwin VAAC, a large ash plume has been first detected at 09:47 UTC (=16h47 local time) reaching flight level 600, i.e. 60,000 ft or ca. 20 km altitude. ...more [read all]
Wed, 3 Nov 2010, 06:32
Powerful explosions and pyroclastic flows from the new lava dome (photo: Andi Rosati) on 1 Nov 2010
Powerful explosions from the growing lava dome continue, shedding medium to large pyroclastic flows down its flanks. ...more
Mon, 1 Nov 2010, 15:33
Strong ash exlosions and the growth of the lava dome continue at Merapi volcano. Yesterday and today, several medium-sized pyroclastic flows reached up to 4 km distance into the river canyons of Kali Gendol, Lamat, Senowo, and Krasak. Several thousands of inhabitants not yet evacuated are reported to have fled the area in panic. Two persons dies in a related road accident.
Sat, 30 Oct 2010, 10:22
The strong eruptions last night showered Ygoya and Sleman cities with ash. Andy reports directly from the observatory Babadan, + 1279 m on the western slope, still mostly free of ash: "I witnessed 2 times pyroclastic flows since at 05.00 through Senowo river. Again last night 29 oct, around at 24.00 there was a massive glowing ash column rising up until 1,5 km, and all people at 5 at the distance 10 km from the summit must evacuated. ...more
Fri, 29 Oct 2010, 20:28
A powerful explosion happened at Merapi at 01h00 local time on 30 Oct 2010. News reports talk about an ash plume 12 km high.

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