Indonesia’s Mount Merapi Erupts Again

Friday saw another eruption from Mount Merapi in Indonesia resulting in a spewing of volcanic material for well over an hour.

The most recent set of eruptions on the volcano began on October 26. Since then 206 people have died with more bodies being found in the villages. More than 400,000 people are displaced as they were forced to flee their homes.

Disaster officials have said that the worst of this round of eruptions may have passed. There is still a danger zone that extends 12.2 miles around the radius of Merapi.

The volcano has released a record 140 million cubic meters (4.9 million cubic feet) of magma according to the disaster agency. The previous record was 100 million cubic meters in 1872.

It is expected that the volcanic material from Friday’s eruption could travel a good distance as previous flows have destroyed obstacles. The government experts are keeping the alert level at its highest rating of 4.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the eruptions are a crisis situation in the country.

The country has announced it will compensate residents for any livelihood and animals lost in the eruptions.

Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. It also happens to sit amid one of the world’s most populated areas.

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