On Monday, Mount Merapi volcano eructed heat clouds and ash as officials warned another eruption is expected, but possibly not as great as one that killed thirty-four people last week.
Searing grey fumes and ash shot high into the sky and rolled down the slopes of the 2,914-metre mountain, Indonesia’s most active volcano, spreading fearfulness and panic amongst nearby residents in central Java.
Merapi has convulsed on a regular basis since last Tuesday’s major eruptions, forcing up to 50,000 people into temporary shelters.
Volcanologist Surono said, “There’ll be more eruptions as not all the energy has been released. Eruptions will continue to take place in the weeks ahead”.
He said there was no current need to extend a ten-kilometre exclusion zone around the volcano, but warned those in shelters that it was still very unsafe to go back to their homes.