Indonesia: the Merapi volcano spits out a large plume of smoke

Indonésie: le volcan Merapi crache un large panache de fumée

JAKARTA | The volcano Merapi in Indonesia, one of the most active in the world, erupted on Thursday and has spit out of the lava and the smoke that has formed a large plume of more than 2000 meters in the sky.

The authorities have not raised the alert level of the volcano after this eruption occurred early in the morning, but have called on the airlines to be cautious.

The inhabitants of the region have been instructed not to get close to more than three kilometers from the crater of mount Merapi, close to the cultural capital of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, on the island of Java.

Volcanic ash fell on an area of 10 km2 around the volcano, according to the Center for the prevention of volcanic hazards and geological.

In 2010, mount Merapi had a major eruption that had caused the death of more than 300 people and forced more than 280 000 inhabitants to evacuate the area.

It was the rash the more powerful since that of 1930, which claimed an estimated 1300 people dead, while an explosion in 1994 was 60 victims.

The archipelago of South-East Asia has more than 17 000 islands and islets and nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific ring of fire, where the friction of the tectonic plates causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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