Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Java Island may face volcanic eruption soon!
Vulcanologists say that the volcano could erupt by the end of April. Mount Merapi is the youngest in a group of volcanoes in southern Java and has erupted at least 68 times since 1548. Accordingly, its name means "mountain of fire". In the shadow of Mount Merapi, lies Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple complex that is popular tourist attraction.
Volcano outside Yogjakarta on the island of Java, Indonesia According to Wikipedia, in 1006 a very large eruption blanketed all of central Java with ash and may have been ultimately responsible for the collapse of the Hindu Kingdom of Mataram civilization. Shortly thereafter, Muslims became the rulers of Java.