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Update on Merapi Volcano - June 16, 2006|
Merapi continues to erupt periodically. Two casualities occurred
on Thursday, June 15th when two men died in an emergeny bunker where
they had gone trying to escape a cloud of hot gases flowing down the
mountain. Merapi is known for its pyroclastic flows and molten lava
avalanches. Gas clouds flowing down the slopes are known to locals as
"shaggy goat clouds." Of Indonesia's 129 volcanoes, Merapi is the most active.
Selected Coverage & Background -
LINK to Antara News Service Report (July 3, 2006)
LINK to CBS News Photo Essay (June 15, 2006)
LINK to Reuters Story/Photos on Hot Lava Flow (June 11, 2006)
LINK to Dramatic Photos - BBC (June 8, 2006)
LINK to Map of Major Volcanoes in Indonesia.
Update on Merapi Volcano - May 31, 2006 -
Following the 6.3 earthquake on Saturday, May 27th,
reports of increased lava flow and hot gas cloud activity at Mt.
Merapi, located near Yogyakarta in Java, heightened concerns once more
that the unstable lava dome might collapse resulting in a major
eruption. (Photo: Gulf Times, Doha, Qatar)
LINK to YouTube Video from 5/13/06 -
LINK to page with additional Merapi photos and videos on News.com.au
LINK to AOL Newroom page featuring stories and photos from major news services.
May 15th, 2006 -
It's Volcano Time! - Two
days after the threat of eruption was raised to "red," the highest level, news
reports from Indonesia indicate Mount Merapi, Java's most active volcano,
continues to spew lava and superheated gas. An explosive
eruption, however, has not yet been reported as the lava dome formed
during the past two weeks remains intact. More than 3,000 villagers
have been evacuated from the area located near Yogyakarta City, about
400 km southeast of Jakara.
An overview of Merapi data, including its years of eruption (1548-2002) and links to the latest news are found on the Volcano Discovery site.
Take a virtual tour of Merapi using this LINK.
- Xinhuanet (China View) Image shows hot lava flowing on Mount Merapi,
#2 - NASA Earth Observatory image
of Merapi volcano. (NASA Image)
# 3 - Space Shuttle color composite image of Mt. Merapi in October,
1994, created by combining radar data obtained at varying wavelengths
and polarizations. (NASA Image)
#4 - As seen from space in this
Shuttle image, the Merapi volcano, appearing at the bottom of the
photo, is one of the string of volcanoes visible (stratovolcanoes) that coalesced to
form the Island of Java. (NASA Image)
Photo #5: Some villagers hesitated to evacualte despite warnings, and
some performed traditional ceremonies and dances, seeking to quiet
the spirits of the volcano. (Photo: National Geogrpahic).
Photo #6: Volcano World, an excellent resource for educators and students, reports that students in North Dakota are preparing "Legends
of the Volcano," a resource on myths and legends of volcanoes
in many cultures. The site also offers a volcano locator tool for finding volcanoes by region using a world map.