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The reports come from the Javanese Kompas newspaper and were apparently sent in by Blackberry from an observer on the spot.
After thinking hard and long, also a long line of watching. I finally figured out what this did remind me of.
This did remind me of what did happen before Mount Pinatubo did go all boom with a massive explosion in the year 1991. I am not going to say that this is going to be the same. But I am going to say that Merapi is heading the same direction and fast.
More information, pubs.usgs.gov...
We now believe that all the Toba tephra occurrences across peninsular India belong to the 71ka eruption (Westgate et al. 1998). This conclusion is based on ash fingerprinting using trace element geochemistry. Earlier
eruptions from Toba (Oldest Toba Tephra: ~840ka; Middle Toba Tephra: ~500ka) may have left traces across India and these need to be sought and dated.