Indonesia’s most active volcano Mount Merapi collided with a blast on Friday with an explosion that produced ash column about 50,000 meters high in the air.
Parties near the volcano are advised to remain calm. Continue activities as usual but the three-kilometer radius did not reach the Merapi.
In the video of the location, witnesses show a huge ash cloud above the volcano.
The eruption lasted seven minutes and produced pyroclastic flows that traveled two kilometers to the south-southeast, while ash fell as far up as 20km away from the crater.
”He said no one was aware of the damage from the blast. We appeal to people to be calm and nervous,” National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo commented.
At the beginning of this month, the mountain has been flowing for centuries, which issued a cod-red Aviation Warning to authorities and established an emission zone three kilometers around the area.
Indonesia is a nation comprising over 17, 000 islands and islets on which 130 active volcanoes sit. The country is located on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent and often violent seismic including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.