Eruption on Mount Merapi Forcing Hundreds of Residents to Seek Safety

Lava flows down from the crater of Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi, seen from the village of Plunyon in Sleman (AFP via Getty Images)

Matthew 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupts multiple times in waves, forcing 250 residents to flee
  • Mount Merapi volcano erupted at least seven times and spouted hot ash just before and after midnight
  • The eruption sent fast-moving pyroclastic flows — a combination of rock, lava and gas —up to 5km (3.1 miles) down its slopes
  • At least 253 individuals were evacuated from near the volcanic region in Merapi to temporary shelters
  • One of the most active among more than 120 volcanoes in Indonesia, Merapi has been repeatedly erupting with lava and gas clouds in the last few months.
  • No immediate casualties or injuries were reported.

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