Several weeks ago, I had chance to see Kinahrejo Village that was destroyed when Mount Merapi erupt and expel wedhus gembel (huge hot gas and ash) and lahar dingin (mix of hot magma and mud). If you never heard about this volcanos, I’ll write some information. Mount Merapi (Gunung Merapi – Fire Mountain), is an active volcano located on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java Province, approximately 28 km north of Yogyakarta. It lies as high as 1.700 meters above the sea and has cold weather.
Its the most active volcano in Indonesia, almost everyday we can see smoke emerging on top of the mountain. Recently, some big eruption has occur, from 1994, 2006 (before earthquake) and 2010. The last eruption also killed Sultanate Royal Servant Mbah Maridjan. After almost one years, the remain of the eruption effect still can be seen today. Heres some of the picture:
The remain of burned tree is everywhere. But thanks God, the vegetation is began to grow. The eruption also give fertile vulcanic material to surrounding. Hopefully, it will recover soon, so the Merapi as tourism object (such as Kaliurang, Kalikuning, Kaliadem) will be visited by many tourist again, just like before.
There was a river there… but now, its full of vulcanic material, mostly sand and rock. The hill is narrow and no path, so its almost impossible to get under there.
The peak of Mount Merapi…look calm now…but who can guess if its wont erupt again? We can see the hot gas at the peak.
Despite of the danger of Merapi’s eruption threat, some of the civilian didn’t want to be relocate, we can see on this poster. “Padukuhan Pangukrejo Menolak Relokasi” mean Pangukrejo’s Villager Reject Relocation. The government has persuade the most of villager to leave the area, and for compensation, they will give new house and land for every family. Then, the area will converted to hutan lindung (government’s controlled forest) to prevent another disaster that bring human victim.
And…the last is my vehicle that accompany me on top of Merapi. (Syabanisyah)