Experts remain divided as to whether Indonesia’s Mount Merapi is actually erupting, despite copious amounts of lava and hot ash. Speaking on national radio, a local official claimed the volcano had blown its top in the early hours of this morning. However a vulcanologist working in the area said no such report has been received. Indonesia raised the alert status of Mount Merapi to the highest level known as code red on Saturday. But predicting the exact moment of eruption is proving difficult.
Thousands have been evacuated from the vicinity of the crater, which last erupted in 1994 killing 70 people. But many are now frustrated with the wait and say they need to return home.Merapi is one of the most menacing volcanoes in the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire.”