Ash-Covered Villages: The Devastation of Merapi Volcano’s Eruption in Indonesia

Indonesia: villages covered in ash after an eruption of the Merapi volcano

On Saturday March 11, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted and covered nearby villages with smoke and ash. Fortunately, no casualties were immediately reported, but footage showed houses and roads blanketed in ash. Authorities established a seven-kilometer restriction zone around the crater and advised local residents to cease all activity in the area due to potential risks of volcanic mudslides. The alert level for the volcano was raised to the second highest in November 2020 after showing renewed activity. The last major eruption in 2010 killed over 300 people and caused the evacuation of 280,000 people. Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, making it a part of the “Ring of Fire” of the Pacific.

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