Mount Merapi Indonesia's most active volcano has erupted, spewing ash and hot gas up to six kilometres into the sky.
Spreading a blanket of ash over nearby villages on the island of Java, A rumbling sound from the volcano could be heard kilometres away.
Since the eruption began last August, Mount Merapi’s alert status is yet to be raised from the third-highest level by Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre.
The agency has warned Villagers living on Merapi’s fertile slopes to remain aware of the danger of lava and to keep clear of the craters mouth by staying at least three kilometres away.
Regularly erupting since 1548, the 2,968-metre mountain is the most active volcano in Indonesia and in the last year has rumbled and generated dark, hot clouds.
Sitting along a series of fault lines in the Pacific ocean, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity with Its last major eruption in 2010 killing 353 people.