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Volcanic flows threaten Indonesian heritage sites


Published on Jan 20, 2011

Volcanic debris flowing down the slopes of Mount Merapi, the Indonesian volcano that erupted last year, is threatening heritage sites in Central Java, local media has reported. Subandrio, the head of Indonesia’s Volcano Investigation & Technology Development Institution (BPPTK), said that the UNESCO-listed Prambanan Temple was one of the sites under threat. “There are about 50 million cubic metres of volcanic material… threatening the Sengi Temple complex in Magelang and the Prambanan Temple complex in Klaten,” the Jakarta Globe reported Subandrio as saying. The eruption of Mount Merapi late last year killed more than 300 people and forced the evacuation of thousands
more. It also caused the closure of nearby Yogyakarta airport for more than two weeks.

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