|Riverbed below Merapi|
Gunung Merapi and his neighbor, Gunung Merbabu, tower mightily above the plains around Solo and Yogyakarta. But as they're often covered in clouds, you could almost forget their massive presence with an elevation of just slightly less than 3'000 meters. As Central Java is quite densely populated, the lower, very fertile slopes of the mountain are inhabited by thousands of people. On most days, Merapi is quiet, only a little white smoke is rising from its peak. But every couple of years, last in 2006 and 2010, eruptions occur and the pyroclastic flows they cause usually kill some of the less cautious farmers who refuse evacuation.