19 Oct

Mount Merapi erupts, spews 2,000-meter-high ash column

first_imgAn eruption rocked Mount Merapi volcano, which stands on the border of Yogyakarta and Central Java, at 5:16 a.m. on Thursday morning.“The eruption lasted 150 seconds, spewing smoke and 2,000-meter-high ash column,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said in a statement on Thursday.He added that during the eruption, the wind was blowing in a northwest direction, according to the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG). In a separate statement, BPPTKG head Hanik Humaida said the eruption spewed volcanic material over a radius of 1 kilometer from Merapi’s peak. It also brought ash rain down on several villages located 10 km south of the volcano.Read also: Mountains rumbling: Five most active volcanoes in the archipelagoThe BPPTKG added that Mount Merapi had erupted four times between September and November 2019, followed by volcanic earthquakes occurring at a depth of more than 1.5 km.“There has been an increase in Merapi’s volcanic activity from mid-December 2019 to mid-January this year, both under and on the ground,” Hanik said in the statement. “Similar eruptions can still happen in the future as an indicator that the magma chamber is still supplying magma.”Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. An eruption in 2010 left more than 300 people dead and forced almost 400,000 people to take refuge. Authorities have raised Merapi’s alert level to waspada (caution), the second-highest level in the country’s four-tiered alert system.The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has advised residents and tourists to stay outside a 3-km radius of the peak of Merapi to avoid any possible danger.Topics :last_img read more

20 Sep

South Florida Family of Beheaded Journalist Reacts To ISIS Leader’s Death

first_imgSteven Joel Sotloff was an American-Israeli journalist kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013. He was, and held captive by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On September 2, 2014, ISIS released a beheading video, showing one of its members beheading Sotloff. Mohammed Emwazi was a British Arab believed to be the person seen in several videos produced by the Islamist extremist group ISIS showing the beheadings of a number of captives in 2014 and 2015.A group of his hostages nicknamed him “John” since he was part of a four-person terrorist cell with English accents whom they called “The Beatles”; the press later began calling him “Jihadi John.”On 12 November 2015, U.S. officials reported that Emwazi had been hit by a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria. His death was confirmed by ISIS in January 2016 (Pinecrest, FL) — The death of the leader of ISIS isn’t bringing much comfort to the South Florida family of one of his victims. Shirley Sotloff’s son, Steven, was a journalist who was graphically beheaded on video by a member of ISIS five years ago. After the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was confirmed yesterday, she said she’s happy he’s gone, but his death does nothing to bring her son back. While speaking with her husband at their home in Pinecrest, she also said she’s grateful to all who eliminated al-Baghdadi, adding it marks a significant step in the campaign against ISIS. last_img read more