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Mount Merapi may erupt again


Published on May 3, 2012

Researchers in Indonesia have detected increased volcanic activity at Mount Merapi, the volcano in Central Java. The Jakarta Post reported a visiting team from Japan’s Kyoto University as saying yesterday that increasing levels of magma have been detected at the volcano. “After its eruption in 2010, we detected that Merapi inflated again very quickly. This means that Merapi is a very active volcano,” said Masato Iguchi from the university’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute. “More work is needed to predict possible eruption scenarios,” he added. Mount Merapi, which lies less than 30km from Yogyakarta, last erupted in late 2010, killing more than 350 people.

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