Photo credit: Gunarto Song
Indonesia’s Mount Merapi is essentially an active stratovolcano located on the border between the province of Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta. It’s currently the country’s most active volcano and has erupted regularly since 1548, with thousands of people living on its flanks, with villages as high as 5,577-feet above sea level. One thing you don’t expect to see is a meteorite falling into it. Read more for a short video captured by a security camera.
Local photographer Gunarto Song just so happened to be in the right place and time to capture this phenomenon, as he has been photographing volcano recently. The image you see above was shot from the town of Batu Alien and shows a streaking green light seemingly fall directly into the crater.
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Suddenly there was a ray of bright light as if falling from above on the top of the volcano Merapi. It was super bright and fast. This is an authentic photograph. I took a four-second exposure,” said the photographer.