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Mount Merapi 24 Times Released Incandescent Lava Avalanches on Saturday Morning

Mount Merapi, which is located on the border of Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), was recorded to emit 24 times of incandescent

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Mount Merapi emits incandescent lava 

TRIBUNBATAM.id - Mount Merapi, which is located on the border of Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), was recorded to emit 24 times of incandescent lava on Saturday, (27/2) at 00.00 to 06.00 WIB.

Based on observations, the maximum glide distance from Mount Merapi's incandescent lava avalanche is 1 kilometer.

"There were 24 incandescent lava avalanches with a maximum sliding distance of 1,000 meters to the southwest," said Mount Merapi Observation Post Officer Rachmad Widyo Laksono in his statement, Saturday, (27/2). 

Meanwhile, based on seismic data, there were 41 avalanches with an amplitude of 3-29 mm and with duration of 11-131 seconds, and three gusts with an amplitude of 5-12 mm and with duration of 12-18 seconds. 

The status of Mount Merapi itself is still at level III or Alert. With this status, the community is asked not to carry out any activities in areas of potential danger. 

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The Center for Geological Disaster Research and Technology Development (BPPTKG) said that the potential danger at this time is lava avalanches and hot clouds. 

The potential exists in the south-southwest sector including the Yellow, Boyong, Bedog, Krasak, Bebeng and Putih rivers, with a maximum distance of 5 kilometers. 

Then, the throwing volcanic material in case of an explosive eruption can reach a radius of 3 kilometers from the summit. 

"The public should be aware of the dangers of lava, especially when it rains around Mount Merapi. Mining in the river flow that reaches Mount Merapi in KRB III is recommended to stop," said Rachmad. (*) 

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