Indonesia orders evacuation of people living on the slopes of the Merapi volcano

Mount Merapi in Central Java.

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Excerpt from an article in the Jakarta Globe from today

Indonesia raised its alert for Mount Merapi to its highest level on Monday and ordered people living near the rumbling volcano to move immediately to safer ground.

Seismic activity has escalated dramatically at the volcano on the densely populated island of Java, with increasing lava spurts and about 500 multi-phased volcanic earthquakes recorded over the weekend, officials said.

The state office of volcanology upgraded its alert level to red at 6:00 a.m., signaling an eruption could be imminent.

The magma has been pushed upwards due to the escalating seismic energy and it’s about a kilometer below the crater,” government volcanologist Surono said.

People had been ordered to evacuate a danger zone of 10 kilometers from the crater of the 2,914-meter mountain.

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