Thick Clouds Stream From Indonesia’s Merapi Volcano After New Eruption

Thick plumes of smoke and ash rose above Indonesia’s Mount Merapi on Saturday, March 11, after it erupted, forcing authorities to halt tourism and mining activities in the area, local media said.

Footage posted by BPPTKG, the geological disaster institute of Indonesia, shows a giant smoke plume above Indonesia’s most active volcano on Saturday afternoon local time.

Local media reported that the eruption sent smoke and ash clouds 100 meters (328 ft) into the air and “several villages were covered in ash.” No casualties were reported.

Mount Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed 353 people and displaced 20,000 residents. Credit: BPPTKG via Storyful