Mount Merapi Hot Clouds Head Southwest

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Central Java volcano, Mount Merapi, today has erupted hot clouds, reaching the distances of 2 kilometers to the southwest. The volcano is located between the Central Java Province and the secial region of Yogyakarta. 

    "Today, the hot clouds were emitted twice at 11:20 and 13:40," said Yogyakarta Research and Development Center for Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) chief Hani Humaida on Friday, April 23.

    The wind blew to the north as the first hot clouds were spewed at 11:20, creating a 300-meter column above the peak of the volcano.

    "The duration was 145 seconds, as recorded by the seismograph," she added.

    The second stream of the hot clouds reached around 1,900 meters distance to the southwest in 165 seconds.

    Mount Merapi observation post also witnessed 11 lava avalanches in the 00:00-12:00 observation period, with a maximum distance of 700-800 meters to the southwest. Ash clouds fell in Cepogo region at 11:30.

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    PRIBADI WICAKSONO (CONTRIBUTOR)