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A powerful eruption took place at Indonesia’s Merapi volcano at 05:12 UTC on March 11, 2023, producing massive pyroclastic flow near populated areas and blanketing nearby villages in ash. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The Alert Level remains at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public is warned to stay 3 – 7 km (1.8 – 4.3 miles) away from the summit based on location.

The eruption produced a very large pyroclastic flow (PDC) that traveled through the Bebeng/Krasak ravine on the southeastern flank and reached an estimated distance of 7 km (4.3 miles) from the summit.

At least eight villages near the volcano have been affected by volcanic ash, an officer at one of Merapi’s observation posts said in a statement.

A series of additional pyroclastic flows were observed through the rest of the day, with some of them reaching distances of up to 2 km (1.2 miles).

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