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Volcanic eruption kills 347 in Indonesia

Active volcano Merapi erupted and 347 people lost their lives.

Merapi, an active volcano on Java Island, Indonesia, erupted yesterday with an intense lava flow.

According to the local newspaper Kompas, Volcanology and Geological Disaster Reduction Center (PVMBG) reported that the lava reached a distance of 400 meters down the mountain slope, and it is the longest lava flow in recent years.

Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the country, has reached the volcanic explosion stage, experts warned.

Some areas around the volcano were affected by the ash spray from the volcano.

Authorities warned the locals not to approach the volcano more than 3 kilometers.

Merapi, with a height of 2 thousand 968 meters, had erupted in 2010 and as a result of the lava spray 347 people had lost their lives.

In Indonesia, there are about 130 active volcanoes. Merapi, Rinjani, Bromo, Semeru, Anak Karakatu, Agung, Kerinci, Sumbing, Batur, Sibayak and Sinabung are among the most active.

Osman SEZER
Email: osman@thelondonpost.co.uk

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