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Image Caption:
STS042-72-080: Merapi Volcano, Java A steam plume rises
from the summit of Merapi Volcano in this early morning photo-
graph of central Java. Steam plumes are common on volcanoes and
do not necessarily indicate eruptions. However, the summit re-
gion of this volcano is light colored, as if covered with ash,
suggesting recent activity. The UPI reported that RlavaS was
moving down MerapiUs flanks on January 21 and that there were lo-
cal accounts of plantation damage, but these reports remain un-
confirmed. Some scientists suspect that the lava dome collapsed
and pyroclastic flows traveled roughly 1.5 km down the mountain.
This photograph was taken on January 23, 1992.