Indonesia’s Mount Merapi Spews Hot Clouds


NBC News

Olivia Goodrich

A mountain located near the center of Java; an Indonesian island, called Mount Merapi, began to spew hot clouds on Thursday, Jan. 7. Later that day, it continued to lightly erupt. It is located about 18 miles away from the city of Yogyakarta, which means many residents that lived on or near the mountain were forced to evacuate. It is famous for being the most active out of Indonesia’s 130 volcanos. The mountain had previously erupted in June 2020 and has had 68 historic eruptions since 1548. Most of Merapi’s eruptions have been followed with pyroclastic flows, which are clouds of extremely hot gases.