Mount Merapi Volcano in Google Earth

“Mount Merapi is a conical volcano in Central Java, Indonesia. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted 68 times since 1548. Its name means Mountain of Fire.” from Wikipedia. Mount Merapi is currently spewing ash and rock and is at the highest level of alert prompting evacutations in the area. You can see this angry mountain in the satellite photos and 3D views in Google Earth with a little help from Volcano World. Volcano World keeps track of volcanoes all over the world. One of the Google Earth Community (GEC) members, who calls himself ‘Herminator’, created some network links, and wrote some code, to process Volcano World’s data which allows you to check on all the volcanoes of the world from Google Earth. His network links include:

If you load “Current eruptions” for example, and open the folder in the Places pane, you will find “Merapi, Java, Indonesia” listed. Double click on it to fly to Merapi and see this colorful satellite photo in 3D. Open the placemark and you will get details and links to perform a Google Search or a Wikipedia search for more information. Very nice interface! Herminator was also the creator of the World Heritage sites which are now part of the GE Community Showcase.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It’s called a strato-volcano, as opposed to a shield volcano such as Mauna Loa on Hawai’i. BTW, Mauna Loa is th largest mountain in the world. Notice I did not say highest above sea-level; that distinction still goes to Mt. Everest. However, Mauna Loa extends from the sea floor to almost 14,000 feet above sea-level. It’s total height, as measured from its base, is about 32,000 feet. It is also the most massive mountain on the planet. Mauna Kea comes in at second place for those distinctions.

  2. francois says:

    can someone tel me what this is at these co ordinates: 11 47 20 74 N 85 51 24 60 W.
    It looks like an island thats on fire?

  3. formerly explosion of Merapi Volcano has own type.e.g Merapi type, in the explosion in October 2011 the type has change into plinian,how it can changes?

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