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Indonesian volcano unleashes new powerful eruption on Monday

Lava flows from Mount Merapi volcano as seen from Sidorejo village in the district of Klaten, central Java, October 31, 2010. Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted again on Saturday morning, spewing ash into the sky, and prompting authorities to extend the danger radius by two kilometres (1.24 miles). Photo by ; REUTERS/Andry Prsetyo / Getty Images

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November 01, 2010. MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (KATAKAMI / AP) – Indonesia’s deadly volcano has unleashed another powerful eruption, spewing out towering clouds of hot ash. There were no immediate reports of new casualties or damage.

Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, has killed at least 38 people in the past week.

Safari Dwiyono, a volcanologist, said ash and debris were fired hundreds of yards (meters) into the air on Monday morning. Searing gases were also spilling down the slopes of the 9,700-foot (3,000-meter) mountain.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and eruptions because it straddles a series of fault lines and volcanoes known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

On the other end of the country, rescue workers were ferrying aid to survivors of a tsunami that killed at least 450 people.

 

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