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Mount Merapi, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, had an eruption again yesterday, spewing volcanic ash up to seven kilometres. Details of the eruption were reported by the country’s Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Centre (BPPTKG). The eruption occurred around 12.12pm local time and a lava flow of 1.5 kilometres was observed. For the …

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I was in Yogyakarta when Merapi erupted in 2010. I had arrived the day before for a short break which ended up being a longer one. The city was covered in ash, everyone fled. Grey everywhere, looked like a dirty snowstorm. The streets were empty.

Chaos at the airports, flights cancelled all over Java. I had two upcoming flights in Solo and Jakarta; Lion Air gave me a cash refund, Air Asia gave me (an impossible to redeem) “credit shell”.

My learning experiences: 1. Merapi is dangerous. 2. Yogyakarta is much better without tourists. 3. Air Asia can’t be trusted.

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