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Mount Merapi Update in a Week, 4 Hot Clouds and 179 Lava Avalanches

Mount Merapi is still actively releasing hot clouds and lava avalanches over the past week. The Geological Disaster Technology Research and ...

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Hot clouds falling from Merapi on July 26, 2021 at 23:51 WIB and 23:55 WIB were recorded on a seismogram with an amplitude of 30mm with a duration of 187 seconds and 148 seconds. The glide distance is 2,500 m to the southwest. (BPPTKG) 

TRIBUNBATAM.id, YOGYAKARTA - Mount Merapi is still actively releasing hot clouds and lava avalanches over the past week. 

The Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) noted that in the time span from July 23 to July 29 2021, there were four hot clouds and 179 lava avalanches released by Mount Merapi

The four hot clouds all point to the southwest with the furthest sliding distance of 2,500 meters. 

For lava avalanches, 29 of the 179 observed were to the southeast with a maximum sliding distance of 1,200 meters. 

A total of 145 other lava avalanches point to the southwest with a maximum sliding distance of 2,000 meters. 

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"(There are also) four lava avalanches to the west with a maximum sliding distance of 800 meters and once to the northwest with a sliding distance of 500 meters," said Head of BPPTKG, Hanik Humaida in a written statement, Friday (7/30/2021). 

Hanik said that the lava avalanches observed on the west side of Mount Merapi came from material left over from the eruptions in 1992 and 1998. 

For the avalanche that leads to the northwest comes from the volcanic eruption in 1948.

"The volcanic activity of Mount Merapi is still quite high in the form of effusive eruption activity. The activity status is now set at the alert level," said Hanik. (*)

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