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Erupting Indonesian volcano spews ash, lava

JAKARTA: Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted Thursday (Feb 13) as fiery red molten lava streamed down from the crater and it belched clouds of grey ash 2,000m into the sky.

Authorities did not raise the rumbling volcano's alert status after the early-morning eruption, but they advised commercial planes to take caution in the area.

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But any activity at Merapi raises concern and local residents were ordered to stay outside a three kilometre no-go zone around the rumbling crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

Volcanic ash rained down on a 10 sq km area, according to the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.

Map of Indonesia locating Mount Merapi volcano which erupted Thursday AFP

Mount Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of some 280,000 residents.

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It was Merapi's most powerful eruption since 1930, which killed around 1,300 people, while another explosion in 1994 took aRead More – Source

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