Merapi Volcano Photos
- Eruption in May 2006: Glowing lava dome and pyroclastic flows -
Glowing rock-falls (May 25 and 27)
|Glowing rock falls on the SW and SE sides of Merapi seen during the night from the SE side at the village of Bebeng.|
|Pyroclastic flow travelling down the Krasak ravine; at the beginning, it is preceded by a glowing rock-fall.|
|The billowing ash clouds at the front of the flow.||Ash cloud rising above the pyroclastic flow.|
|Shortly after the earthquake (the same one that hit Yogyakarta), a number of larger pyroclastic flows are triggered from the lava dome. Not aware of the destructive nature of the earthquake (we thought it was a local event under the volcano), excitement at the extraordinary sight mix with panic as we are vividly reminded the mountain itself might be unstable and that a much larger flow might be waiting - as it in fact had, but fortunately not for us...|
|Ash is whirled up when parts of the lava dome disintegrate to produce yet another flow.||Fortunately, only small flows and rock-falls occur towards our side (a week later, a ridge made of a part of an older dome, which until then had prevented most flows from entering this direction, collapsed)|
|The thin, rapidly advancing tongues of pyroclastic flows, made of turbulent ash clouds mixed with glowing debris.|
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