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Mount Merapi volcano shows signs of activity YOGYAKARTA - The status of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central has officially been put at 'active' yesterday. This decision was made after a considerable increase of the number of tremors in and around the volcano. Several of the tremors could also be felt by residents nearby, but at the moment there is no sign that the volcano will erupt any time soon.

Sri Sumarti, of the Volcanologic Center of Research BPPTK in Yogyakarta said that the number of tremors near the volcano has increased considerably since September 12. An increase of activity in the magma inside the volcano was also recorded. At September 20 it was decided that there was enough activity to heighten the status of the volcano.

Optical instruments around the summit of the volcano have also indicated an increase of activity. Where these instruments normally record changes around the volcano of several tenths of millimeters a day, this has now increased up to over 10 millimeters a day.

Sri Sumarti said that the increase in activity is not visible for the human eye. The increase in activity has also not lead to forced evacuations of those living on the slopes of the volcano. Residents are advised to be aware of the most recent activity of the volcano at all times. Climbers are strongly advised to first inform about the current activity at BPPTK or an observation post of the volcano.


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Activity history of Mount Merapi
Background information on Mount Merapi

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Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 September 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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