Jakarta — Mount Merapi, one of Indonesia’s most dangerous volcanoes, erupted back to life Monday, shooting a cloud of black ash some 2,000 meters into the air, said officials.
Authorities are asking travelers to stay away from the volcano located in Yogyakarta province in central Java, said reports.
Today’s eruption appears to have been triggered by a small earthquake.
A series of eruptions at Merapi in 2010 killed 350 people and forced 300,000 from their homes.
A separate volcano, Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province, continued a series of eruptions that began two months ago, spewing hot ash 8,000 meters into the air on Monday.
Mount Sinabung had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010.
Indonesia has 129 active volcanoes and the country of over 17,000 islands sits on an earthquake-prone zone known as the “Pacific Ring of Fire”.