TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Research and Technological Development for Geological Disaster Agency (BPPTKG) announced Mount Merapi had briefly erupted on Thursday, Feb 13, at 05:16 Indonesia Western Time (WIB).
According to the agency, the mountain that sits between the Central Java and Yogyakarta Provinces border erupted for about 150 seconds and created an eruption column that reached 2,000-meters.
The last Mount Merapi eruption happened in 2010 and remained under status ‘alert level 2’ since May 21, 2018. The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) warned tourists and locals to avoid conducting activities within Merapi’s 3-kilometer perimeter.
PVMBG warns people to anticipate possible volcanic ash clouds up to explosive eruptions produced by Mount Merapi. Those living along the rivers upstream were warned of cold lava floods (locally known as lahar dingin) during rainstorms.