With the thousands of survivors of the devastating Indonesian earthquake still struggling to recover from the loss, fresh spurts of lava from a nearby volcano, following a strong aftershock, is adding to the already existing strains. Just a week has passed, the magnitude 6.3 quake shook Java island, and here another dire natural phenomenon follows.
In the past week, the Merapi’s lava dome has bloated to 330 feet! And, it seems to be in the verge of collapse. The government volcanology center informed that this spew could release a highly dangerous pyroclastic flow, which can burn anything that falls in its path. Pyroclastic flow is a fast-moving burst of high-temperature gases and rock fragments.
Scientists predict that the lava dome may have been weakened by the quake.