- Title: INDONESIA: VOLCANIC ACTIVITY INTENSIFIES ON MOUNT MERAPI.
- Date: 26th January 2001
- Summary: CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA (JANUARY 25, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/LV: LAVA COMING FROM MERAPI VOLCANO AT NIGHT TIME/ SPARKS OF LAVA FLOWING DOWN MERAPI SLOPES/ BRIGHT LAVA COMING FROM MERAPI (5 SHOTS) 0.57 2. CU/MV: VARIOUS OF SEISMOGRAPH MEASURING VOLCANIC ACTIVITY (2 SHOTS) 1.10 3. GV/CU: EXTERIOR OF OBSERVATION TOWER/ CLOSEUP OF SIGN (2 SHOTS) 1.20 4. MV/CU: WIDE OF OBSERVATION OFFICER INSIDE OFFICE/ OFFICER TALKING ON RADIO (2 SHOTS) 1.31 5. GV: HEAD OFFICER OF BABADAN OBSERVATION TOWER, SUGIONO, WALKING INTO OFFICE 1.36 6. MCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) SUGIONO SAYING: "The volcanic activity of Mount Merapi in the past two days has intensified significantly, especially the frequency of tremors, heat clouds and lava flow. It has also shown signs of a new lava dome" 1.56 7. LV: WIDE OF CLOUDS OVER MERAPI 2.02 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 10th February 2001 12:00
- Location: CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Reuters ID: LVA7GNQUODG7WKN14OY3I8XVS50
- Story Text: Volcanic activity in Indonesia's Mount Merapi has
intensified in the past few days.
Lava and heat clouds have been flowing down the slope
of Mount Merapi in Central Java, threatening dozens of
villages in the densely populated area below.
The lava glow can be seen clearly at night, flowing down
the 2,968-metre-tall volcano.
On January 10, authorities raised the alert status on
Mount Merapi to the second highest danger level, preparing
residents from the surrounding areas to evacuate when
"The volcanic activity of Mount Merapi in the past two
days has intensified significantly, especially the frequency
of tremors, heat clouds and lava flow. It has also shown signs
of a new lava dome," said Sugianto, head of the Babadan
Sugianto said his office has detected a new lava dome
forming at the top of Merapi, reaching as wide as 100 meters
The new dome, formed by recent volcanic activities,
replaced an old lava dome that was formed in 1998.
The volcano has been declared off limits to climbers and
sand diggers, but villagers living on the lower reaches of the
slopes have not been evacuated.
An estimated 8,000 people live near Merapi, mostly
peasants and sand diggers.
Merapi last erupted in 1994, killing at least 60 people
and forcing 6,000 people to evacuate the area.
In 1976, the volcano claimed the lives of 28 people and
left more than 1,200 homeless.
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