A high-level eruption took place at the Indonesian Merapi volcano, Central Java at 22:22 UTC on March 2, 2020. According to the Darwin VAAC, volcanic ash reached 10.7 km (35 000 feet) above sea level.

Pyroclastic flows descended 2 km (1.2 miles) down the slopes of the volcano, Indonesia's Geology and Volcanology Research Agency reports.

The eruption was recorded on the seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 75 mm and a duration of 450 seconds. It was heard as far as 30 km (18 miles) away.

The Aviation Color Code was raised from Orange to Red at 22:50 UTC.

Adi Soemarmo International Airport in Surakarta has been temporarily closed following the eruption.