Indonesia’s Mt. Merapi, the nation’s most active volcano, erupted Friday, sending ash some 5 km into the air.

The nation’s volcano observatory reports the eruption lasted about seven minutes and produced pyroclastic flows — a mixture of hot gas, lava and other volcanic material — that traveled up to 2 km from the volcano’s crater. The observatory also reported ash fell from the eruption up to 20 kilometers away.
No warnings were issued but authorities advised residents not to approach within 3 km of the volcano.

This handout picture taken and released on March 27, 2020 by Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) shows Mt. Merapi volcano spewing thick volcanic ash, as seen from Yogyakarta. /AFP

It was the Mt. Merapi’s second eruption this month. The first, on March 3, sent an ash cloud some 6 km high, coating the city of Yogyakarta, 30 km away and forcing an airport to close.
Mt. Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of 280,000 residents.

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