[PHOTOS] A highly active volcano spews ash to altitude of 6000 metres

[PHOTOS] Un volcan très actif crache des cendres à 6000 mètres d'altitude

The volcano in indonesia mount Merapi, one of the most active in the world, is entered Sunday in eruption, throwing up clouds of grey ashes to the altitude of 6000 metres, announced the agency’s local geological.

Two eruptions in successive have occurred in seven minutes, according to the agency. The local authorities have asked the population to evacuate the area within a radius of three kilometres around the crater located to the north of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java.

The agency has not raised the alert level of the volcano after the eruptions, but urged the aircraft circulating in the area to the greatest caution.

Local media report that in the neighbouring communities of Sleman and Klaten of the inhabitants had heard the rumblings from the volcano in the morning.

The volcano had already erupted in march, leading to the temporary closure of the international airport in Solo city, also called Surakarta, a forty km distance.

The last major eruption of mount Merapi in 2010, had more than 300 people and forced more than 280,000 residents to evacuate.

It was the eruption, the most powerful since that of 1930, which had some 1300 people dead. An eruption in 1994 had also done 60 victims.

The archipelago of South-East Asia has more than 17000 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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