Indonesia's most volatile volcano spews ash in new eruption

FILE PHOTO: Mount Merapi is Indonesia's most active volcano. (Photo: AFP News)
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia's most volatile volcano on Sunday spat out ash and hot gas in a massive column that towered up to 6 kilometers into the sky.
The ash clouds of Mount Merapi, accompanied by a rumble miles away, covered several villages on the main island of Java.
The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Mitigation has not raised Merapi's alarm status, which is already the third highest since the eruption last August.
Villagers living on the fertile slopes of Merapi are advised to stay 3 kilometers from the crater estuary and be aware of the danger of lava, the agency said.
The 2,968 meter high mountain is the most active of 500 Indonesian volcanoes. It's been rumbling and creating dark hot clouds since last year.
His last major outbreak in 2010 killed 353 people.
Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines around the ocean.

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