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Mount Merapi volcano continuing spewing lava YOGYAKARTA - Mount Merapi volcano spewed out fresh clouds of hot gases and streams of lava today, as scientists warned that its expanding lava dome might collapse. Lava spurted out of the crater dozens of times, and searing-hot clouds of gas and debris known as pyroclastic flows reached as far as four kilometres down the mountain's southeast side, said Sugiono, a Government researcher, who uses one name.

Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanos, is about 30 kilometres from the area of Java island, where a powerful earthquake struck after dawn just over a week ago, killing more than 6,200 people. The mountain has been erupting for weeks, but activity has risen since the earthquake, an increase some scientists say was a result of the magnitude 6.3 quake.

In the past week, the mountain's lava dome has grown by 17 metre, reaching 100 metres in size, the Government's volcanology center said. That raised fears that it could collapse and send pyroclastic flows, as far as 12 kilometres down the mountain into populated areas. Surono, a senior Government volcanologist, said a collapse wasn't inevitable, but if it occurred it would be "very dangerous."

"Let's pray it does not happen," he said. He said it was also possible that small bits of the dome would merely drop off piece by piece, or that the dome would simply stay there and keep increasing in size.

19 May 2006: Hot lava flows from Mount Merapi's slope in this picture taken from Tunggularum, Girikerto, Sleman, near Yogyakarta, early today. The 3,000-meter volcano which has been shooting out lava and deadly clouds of hot ash and debris for several weeks, was put on high alert last weekend and has since been rocked by a series of eruptions.
19 May 2006: Hot lava flows from Mount Merapi's slope in this picture taken from Tunggularum, Girikerto, Sleman, near Yogyakarta, early today. The 3,000-meter volcano which has been shooting out lava and deadly clouds of hot ash and debris for several weeks, was put on high alert last weekend and has since been rocked by a series of eruptions.



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Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 June 2006 15:38 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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