Merapi Volcano Eruption Aftermath

The Merapi volcano in Yogyakarta has erupted several times, and yet people still come back and settle there. The refugees have had loss of family members and possessions yet many remain in Merapi hoping to return to their village. They are not afraid to face dangers that can come at any time, as a result of hot clouds.

There is evidence that the current low level of activity may be interrupted by larger explosive eruptions. Eruptions of the Merapi volcano during the 7–19th centuries A.D. were more violent than the past hundred years, and produced explosion of pyroclastic flows. Widespread pyroclastic flows and surges traveled up to 25 km down the flanks of Merapi.

The danger is always lurking, but the refugees do not want to leave their hometown. They feel that their homes and lands have heritage that must be maintained.

The Merapi volcano eruption on 26th October 2010 was the was the largest by the volcano in a 100 years. Ash emissions reached an altitude of 40,000 ft, and 370,000 people were evacuated from a 20 km radius danger zone. Over 190 people were killed by pyroclastic flows and ashfall.

Photographer: Didit Majalolo
Camera: Canon 500D & Nikon D300
Website: www.lightstalkers.org/diditmajalolo

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