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Indonesia’s most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month. Ash and sand covered areas several kilometers away from the peak of the rumbling crater near Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta.
Authorities did not raise Merapi’s alert level. “There has been no reports of damage from the eruption. We urge people to stay calm and not panic,” national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said.
Merapi erupted earlier this month, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 meters in the air. That eruption coated Yogyakarta and neighboring city Solo with gray dust and forced an airport closure.
Mount Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of 280,000 residents. That was Merapi’s most powerful eruption since 1930, which killed around 1,300 people, while another explosion in 1994 took about 60 lives, AFP said.
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Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland’s largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
Iceland’s Civil Protection Department says 300-500 people, mostly visitors, have been evacuated from the highlands north of the Vatnajokull glacier. The area is uninhabited, but popular with hikers in the summer.
Officials said Wednesday the measure was taken as a safety precaution following thousands of small earthquakes in recent days near Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano under the glacier. Roads in the area have been closed amid fears that an eruption could lead to serious flooding.
The prospect of a volcano eruption is worrisome because of the international aviation chaos that followed the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano, when more than 100,000 flights were cancelled.
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At least 16 evacuees have died in shelters and hospitals as Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra keeps erupting intensively, officials said here on Wednesday.
“Data shows 16 people have been dead,” Syamsul Maarif, head of the national disaster management agency, said at the State Palace.
Mount Sinabung’s eruption continued on Wednesday, spewing column of ash as high as 7,000 meters into the air, the highest since last September, he said.
Maarif confirmed that lava flood was threatening several villages at downstream of rivers as the lava has flowed into the rivers.
“The threat of cold lava is lingering. In recent days, lava has flowed into the rivers and we are concerned that it bloated the rivers and burst their banks,” said Maarif.
The agency so far has allocated 21 billion rupiah (2.1 million U.S. dollars) for emergency relief aid, he said.
So far, the number of evacuees has went up to 26,088, from 25, 516 recorded on Saturday evening.
The 2,457-meter-high Mount Sinabung has been back to life since September last year after remaining quiet for around 400 years. It has erupted intermittently since then, but went into overdrive frequently last November and December.
Mount Sinabung is among the 129 active volcanoes in the archipelago country, which is prone to seismic upheavals as it sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” encircling the Pacific Ocean.