New powerful Merapi volcano eruption prompts evacuation of more than 500 people in Indonesia

At least 500 people were removed from the island of Java, Indonesia, today after the erupting Merapi volcano began to expel thick clouds of smoke.The authorities evacuated an area of five kilometres around the volcano.“So far the potential danger does not exceed five kilometres,” said Hanik Humaira, director of the Indonesian Geology Agency, in a statement.