Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta

Mount Merapi is located on the South coast of Central Java, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The volcano has a Summit elevation of 2.968 m (9.737 ft). This is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. According to records, the volcano erupts (peak liveliness) every 2-5 years. Since 1548, the mountain has erupted 68 times. Mount Merapi is located about 25 kilometers from the city of Yogyakarta. On the slopes of the mountain, there is still a settlement to an altitude of 1700 m and is located only 4 kilometers from the peak. Therefore, Mount Merapi became one of 16 volcanoes world.Blethrow_merapi12006 Eruption

In April and May 2006, signs began to emerge that Merapi will erupt, marked by the earthquake. The local Government of Central Java and Yogyakarta has prepared evacuation efforts.

June 1, 2006, Raining volcanic ash from Mount Merapi hot clouds glide. This ashfall can be felt up to a distance of about 14 kilometers.

June 8, 2006, the volcano at 09: 03 PM erupted with bursts of hot clouds that made thousands of residents in the region of Mount Merapi to panic and try to escape to a safe place. A second eruption occurred at 09: 40 pm. Bursts of hot clouds as far as 5 kilometers further to the South.


2010 Eruption

In late October 2010 the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Geological Agency (CVGHM), (Indonesian language—Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi, Badan Geologi-PVMBG), reported that a pattern of increasing seismicity from Merapi had begun to emerge in early September.
Observers at Babadan 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west and Kaliurang 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the mountain reported hearing an avalanche on 12 September 2010. On 13 September 2010 white plumes were observed rising 800 metres (2,600 ft) above the crater. Lava dome inflation, detected since March, increased from background levels of 0.1 millimetres (0.0039 in) to 0.3 millimetres (0.012 in) per day to a rate of 11 millimetres (0.43 in) per day on 16 September. On 19 September 2010 earthquakes continued to be numerous, and the next day CVGHM raised the Alert Level to 2 (on a scale of 1–4). Lava from Mount Merapi in Central Java began flowing down the Gendol River on 23–24 October signalling the likelihood of an imminent eruption.
On 25 October 2010 the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to its highest level (4) and warned villagers in threatened areas to move to safer ground. People living within a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) zone were told to evacuate. The evacuation orders affected at least 19,000 people; however, the number that complied at the time remained unclear to authorities. Officials said about 500 volcanic earthquakes had been recorded on the mountain over the weekend of 23–24 October, and that the magma had risen to about 1 kilometre (3,300 ft) below the surface due to the seismic activity.




  1. Wayne and Barbara travelled to Yogyakarta in June 2013 and stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Yogya, we organised our tours through this travel agent and enjoyed air conditioned comfortable car travel from Yoga to Borobudur temple and we again enjoyed a tour of Mt Marapi and the town centre of Yogya site seeing down Malioboro Street and the use of horse and cart is everywhere and a delightful economical way of cruising around (it takes a little longer as the pace is slower than a vehicle but it is an experience not to pass up. We also visited the Sultan’s Palace and Fort Museum. We had the most wonderful time there and our tour guide, Guntur was the most excellent guide you could ever have. He helped me to do some shopping at Mariobatik shopping center and he guided us through the museum. Our journey to Mt Merapi was not only exciting but wondrous and an education in itself , a fantastic place to see. The visit to Borobudur Temple was the main reason for visiting Yoga and was the spiritual journey of a life time, something I will treasure for the rest of my life. The countryside is extremely beautiful and our accommodation at the Hyatt was faultless. The people of Yoga are most polite and accommodating and it was a shear delight to be treated with such old fashioned courtesy and we literally did not want to leave. The infrastructure is far superior than that of Bali with regards to cleanliness and the street layout and even though there is a lot of traffic, it all runs smoothly and with polite respect for the other vehicle. The weather was temperate with sunshine during the mornings and light showers in the afternoon. I could not fault our guide, he gave us a wonderful and enjoyable experience and his knowledge of the destinations and areas that we visited only added to our overall experience. We will definitely go back as there is still much more to see in this beautiful paradise.

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