Indonesia’s Merapi volcano spews hot clouds, 500 evacuate

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds yesterday morning as more than 500 residents were evacuated from its fertile slopes.

Fog was covering the volcano at the time, so the distance the pyroclastic clouds spread was not visually observed. The amplitude record and seismic recording data from Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Centre estimated the hot clouds spread less than one kilometre from the crater.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin