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FIRE-EARTH Volcano Alert: Mt. Merapi Erupts

Posted by feww on May 11, 2018

Phreatic eruption reported at Mt Merapi

Mount Merapi (Gunung Merapi, ‘Fire Mountain’ in Indonesian and Javanese), one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, erupted Friday forcing nearby villagers to evacuate. The volcano ejected a column of ash and steam to a height of about 5.5km above the crater, forcing Adisutjipto Airport in Yogyakarta province to shut down.

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Mount Rokatenda Erupts, Kills 6 People

Posted by feww on August 10, 2013

Restive Mount Rokatenda on Palue, Indonesia, finally erupts

Mount Rokatenda, located on the small island of Palue about 2,000km east of Jakarta, erupted spewing ash and rocks more than 2,000 meter into the air.

Hot ash and lava from the eruption fell on a nearby beach, killing at least 6 people including 2 children, officials said.

Rokatenda has been restive since last October, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers.

The eruption started at 04:27 on Saturday (20:27 UTC Friday) and lasted for about 4 hours, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.


Mount Rokatenda is one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Much of the country sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an area crisscrossed by numerous fault lines and prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Mount Merapi’s 2010 eruption in central Java left up to 400 people dead and more than 250,000 others displaced.

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Tsunami Claims 200 After 7.7Mw Quake Strikes Indonesia

Posted by feww on October 26, 2010

At Least 200 Dead or Missing After Tsunami Created by Powerful Quake Destroys Villages Off Western Indonesia

At least 10 villages were obliterated by a 3-m high tsunami created after a 7.7Mw quake struck off the Mentawai islands, Sumatra, western Indonesia.

A huge white wave which was created by the quake washed away  just about everything in sight, eyewitnesses said.

At least 25 people are confirmed dead with about 170 others [local officials say at least 380 people] reported  as missing.

Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS-EHP. Enhanced by Fire-Earth.

Mount Merapi Erupts

Meanwhile  the volatile Mount Merapi volcano began erupting Tuesday after rumbling for about 24 hours.

State vulcanologists believe that the pressure buildup withing Merapi could lead to powerful explosions.

About 40,000 people living on the slopes of the volcano have been evacuated.

Mount Merapi rumbled for many hours before spewing smoke on Tuesday. Photo shows volcano from Balerante, Central Java, Indonesia. Merapi last erupted in 2006. About 1,400 people have been killed as a result of 3 previous eruptions since 1930. Image Credit: AP. Caption: Fire-Earth.

New Zealand Earthquake Forecast:

Fire-Earth Moderators believe a large earthquake measuring about 8.8Mw could strike New Zealand Region.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.7
  • Date-Time:
    • Monday, October 25, 2010 at 14:42:22 UTC
    • Monday, October 25, 2010 at 09:42:22 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 3.484°S, 100.114°E
  • Depth: 20.6 km
  • Distances:
    • 240 km (150 miles) W of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 280 km (175 miles) S of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 305 km (190 miles) W of Lubuklinggau, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 795 km (500 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
  • Location Uncertainty:
    • horizontal +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles)
    • depth +/- 3.4 km (2.1 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: usa00043nx

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