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Indonesia: Merapi volcano’s spectacular eruption caught on camera

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One of the world’s most active volcanoes has erupted in Indonesia, sending ash 2,000 metres into the sky, with the dramatic moment captured on video.

Mount Merapi in the country’s Central Java province erupted early on Thursday, with local residents warned to stay outside a no-go zone 3km (1.8 miles) from the crater.

Footage of the incident just before dawn shows the moment lava explodes from the crater and runs down the side, before being followed by a huge plume of smoke and ash.

According to the Merapi Volcano Observatory, the eruption lasted for 105 seconds, with the ash cloud seen for miles around.

It was Merapi’s most powerful eruption since 1930, when around 1,300 people were killed.



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Ash came down in a 10-square kilometre area, according to the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.

The volcano last had a major eruption 10 years ago, which killed about 350 people and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate their homes.

No injuries were reported after Thursday’s explosion near the country’s cultural capital Yogyakarta.

Indonesia is situated on the “Ring of Fire”, which refers to an area of high volcanic activity around the Pacific Ocean.

There are more than 40 active volcanoes on the island of Java, were the Gunung Merapi volcano is located.

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