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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.

Students safe following Mt Merapi eruption

Hello all,

I’d like to confirm that this morning (Tuesday 3 March) Mt Merapi erupted at 7.10 am near Jogya. Our semester students were actually facilitating their second mini X Phase at Prambanan, and the eruption did not impact their day at all.

The Center for Investigation and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) in Yogyakarta stated that the eruption of Mount Merapi was recorded on the seismogram at 5:22 WIB at an amplitude of 75 millimeters and a duration of 450 seconds. The BPPTKG has not changed the status of Mount Merapi, which has been at Level II, or “alert” since last year. The BPPTKG has  advised people not to go within 3 km of the volcano.

Right now, Jogya airport is open while Jakarta and Solo airports are being impacted by ash. We will keep you updated if our student group’s flight out of Jogya is interrupted this coming Saturday, but for now we expect them to be able to fly out to Labuan Bajo via Denpasar as planned.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.