Mount Merapi erupted on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 10:46 local time, with an eruption column height of around 1000 meters.
According to the information reported by the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the eruption was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 70 mm and a duration of 155 seconds.
When the eruption occurred, the wind blew westward, which resulted in a fine rain of ash in a part of the village of Banyubiru Dukun, in the Magelang regency, Central Java. Meanwhile, according to the BMKG monitoring of Himawari satellite images, at 13.00 local time, volcanic ashes were no longer detected in the sky.
The activity level of Mount Merapi is set at Level II (Care) level since May 21, 2018. The potential risks are currently in the form of hot clouds that slide through the collapse of the lava dome and the fall of volcanic material due to explosive eruptions.
Associated with the eruption of Mount Merapi, which is located on the border of the provinces of Yogyakarta and Central Java, the PVMBG recommends that the community does not carry out activities within a radius of 3 km around the top of Mount Merapi.
In addition, the public was asked to anticipate the danger of volcanic ash from hot cloud events and explosive eruptions and to be aware of the danger of lava, especially when it rains around the volcano's peak.
Meanwhile, according to the report of the Head of the Public Relations Information and Data Center of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Agus Wibowo, since the monitoring of the BNPB Pusdalops, the situation on the ground is controlled safely and there are no significant impacts. People are encouraged to remain calm and follow the recommendations of the PVMBG.