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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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Merapi volcano news & eruption updates

Merapi volcano (Central Java, Indonesia): glowing avalanche reaches 500 m length

Sunday Jan 06, 2019 17:57 PM | BY: T

Glowing avalanche at Merapi volcano yesterday evening (image: BPPTKG / facebook)
Glowing avalanche at Merapi volcano yesterday evening (image: BPPTKG / facebook)
The lava dome continues to grow and is slowly becoming more dangerous. A glowing avalanche occurred yesterday at 20:45 local time and reached about 500 m length, lasting for 54 seconds.
Light ash falls occurred in the villages of Tegalmulyo and Tlogowoatu. Authorities have started to distribute gas masks to local residents, as this activity is likely to pick up in the near future.
Previous news
Image and volume gain of Merapi's lava dome (image: BPPTKG / twitter)
Saturday, Jan 05, 2019
The lava dome of the volcano continues to grow steadily, at rates of 3800 cubic meters per day. On 3 Jan 2019, PVMBG estimated it to have reached 415,000 cubic meters volume. ... [more]
Glowing rockfalls from Merapi seen last night (image: Galih Jati / VolcanoDiscovery)
Saturday, Dec 29, 2018
The volcano continues to erupt slowly, gradually filling the summit crater with a growing lava dome. Incandescent rockfalls occur from the sides of the dome, but so far these have been confined to the crater. ... [more]
This morning's explosion at Merapi
Friday, Jun 01, 2018
Another strong, but short-lived explosive eruption occurred at the volcano this morning at 08:20 local time. The eruption lasted only about 2 minutes, but was powerful enough to send an ash column approx. 6 km above the summit crater to an altitude around 9 km. It rose near vertically then drifted to the NW and SW. ... [more]

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