Merapi volcano – Rockfall from Lava-dome 30th May 2019

Published: 3rd June

Activity of the Volcano:

Observed Merapi for a few hours on the 30th May. Low hanging clouds were present most of the time, and therefore limited observation.  However small rockfall events were seen, and heard from my location around 4km from the summit. 

Image Comparison

Comparing a photo of the summit area from this trip with previous photo taken earlier this year (January). It seems to me that the front part (Southern part) of the lava-dome has undergone morphological changes. This is very likely the result of the frequent small rockfall-collapse events that have taken place the last months, up until today. 

Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
Image 1.

 

Important Note:

This is my personal notes, and should not be considered as Official information regarding the volcano or its activity. For updated information and official statements on the volcanic activity of Merapi Volcano, visit the Indonesian authorities website MAGMA Indonesia. and Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation`(PVMBG) and BMKG – Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics. On Twitter (@id_magma , @vulkanologi_mbg and @infoBMKG)

The restriction/danger zone for Merapi is as of 4th June at 3km from the summit-crater, recommended by the Indonesian `Center for Volcanology and Geology and the volcano is at Level 2.

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Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
Photo 1. Some clouds in the morning, had to fly above them to get a good visual of Merapi.
Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
Photo 2. Ash and dust rises during a rockfall event from the lava dome
Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
Photo 3. Rockfall from the lava dome
Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
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Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
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Merapi rockfall lava dome drone 2019 aerial Indonesia
Photo 6. Rockfall from the lava dome

 

 

 



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