VDAP Merapi Images

Merapi is one of the world’s most hazardous volcanoes and it is located in the most volcanically active country on Earth. In 2006, VDAP sent a 4-person team to assist the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geologic Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) during the eruption of Merapi, which potentially threatened more than 100,000 people living nearby. The VDAP team contributed to decisions by CVGHM and the government of Indonesia concerning the likely course of the eruption and life-saving evacuations. VDAP also provided a technical advisor to the OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was sent to the area following the M 6.3 Yogykarta earthquake, about 20 miles south of the volcano, which took place during the eruption and killed more than 5,700.

Below are images of Merapi from 2006. Click on each image for a larger view.

  • View from the street on 28 April 06

  • 6 Sept 06, valley swept by deadly pyroclastic flows on 14 June, 2006.

  • Sampling ancient deposits from Merapi, 6 Sept 06.

  • Pyroclastic flow descending the south flank of Merapi, 14 May, 2006.

  • Fumaroles near Merapi summit, 6 Sept 06.

  • Field team near Merapi summit, 6 Sept 06.

  • Summit area, Merapi, 6 Sept 06.

  • Merapi, as viewed from central Yogyakarta on 29 Apr 06

  • Small collapse at summit produces "guguran" (rock fall) and ash, 6 Sept 06

  • House buried by pyroclastic flow on 14 June, 2006