PUBLISHED: 12:08, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:23, Tue, Mar 3, 2020
Mount Merapi, on the island of Java has today unleashed boiling gas clouds, Indonesia’s Geology and Volcanology Research Agency has warned. Located near the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo, the agency has warned locals to stay at least 1.8 miles from the volcano.
Mount Merapi’s eruption sent a 3.7 mile column of ash into the air and triggered the evacuation of the airport in the nearby city of Solo on the densely populated Java island.
The volcano is Indonesia’s most active volcano, with a series of eruptions in 2010 killing more than 350 people.
Indonesia’s Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation issued a red alert and said the ash cloud was moving north.
The local disaster mitigation agency warned people to keep out of a 1.8 mile (3km) exclusion zone around Merapi.
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The Ring of Fire is a 25,000-mile strip in the Pacific Ocean made up of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, volcanic belts and plate movements.
There are 452 volcanoes on the ring of fire, site of three of world’s most violent volcanic eruptions recorded there.
Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire – a line covering several tectonic plates making up the Earth’s crust.
The area is notorious for its number of volcanoes due to colliding tectonic plates, forcing one under the other to create a so-called subduction zone.
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