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Offbeat Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupts again

12:15  21 may  2018
12:15  21 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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(AP) -- Indonesia warned Monday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain' s slope. Indonesian volcano erupts again ; strongest yet.

Indonesia ’ s most volatile volcano spewed clouds of ash high into the sky Wednesday, forcing some international airlines to again cancel flights and President Barack Obama to cut short his visit. Merapi has erupted many times in the last century, killing more than 1,400.

A car is covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 21, 2018. Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed smoke and ash early Monday in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Ombak Samudra) © AP Photo/Ombak Samudra A car is covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 21, 2018. Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed smoke and ash early Monday in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Ombak Samudra) YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed smoke and ash early Monday in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks.

Mount Merapi on the main island of Java erupted twice, sending a column of volcanic material up to 1,200 meters (3,930 feet) into the air and making ash fall in several villages, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster mitigation agency spokesman.

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Indonesia warned Monday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain' s slope.

Mount Merapi, the volatile Indonesian volcano has erupted again killing more than 100 people. Today’ s blast was the most powerful eruption in more than a century. “God we pray today for Indonesia .

He said the alert level of the volcano was not raised, which is at a normal level with no eruption expected in the foreseeable future.

An eruption of Merapi on May 11 sent nearby residents fleeing to safer areas. There have been no reports of casualties, and operations at Adi Sucipto airport in Yogyakarta was not disturbed by Monday's eruptions.

The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) mountain between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces is the most active of 500 Indonesian volcanoes. Its last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people and caused the evacuation of 20,000 villagers.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 240 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.

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