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A third eruption in the same number of days…

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Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupts again

Mount Merapi volcano has erupted for a third time, with local people reportedly saying this was louder and stronger than the previous eruption on Tuesday.

The latest eruption happened at around 0100 on Saturday (1800GMT Friday).

Agence France Presse reported that it caused panic, with hundreds of people, including police and soldiers, trying to flee in cars or on motorbikes.

Ash was raining down in Yogyakarta, about 30km (19 miles) away.

Matt Burgess, a photography student from Australia, is in Yogyakarta. He told the BBC: “I was in a nightclub when a friend called to say there was a load of ash. I went outside and saw ash falling like snow.”

But authorities say Yogyakarta is safe. The head of the monitoring body has said the risk remains lmited to the 10km zone around the mountain.

Nearer that zone, though, people felt more in danger.

“I heard several sounds like thunder,” Mukimen, a mother-of-two who was fleeing with her family, told AFP. “I was so scared I was shaking.”

There had been a number of small eruptions earlier on Friday but with no casualties reported.

Earlier, officials said two people who suffered burns from Tuesday’s eruption had died from their injuries, bringing the confirmed death toll to 35.

Displaced people

At least 47,000 people who live around Mount Merapi are staying in government camps or with friends and relatives, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.

But there are frequent reports of displaced people returning to check on their properties or livestock.

Government volcanologist Subandrio told AFP the new eruption suggested the government should be “more serious” about enforcing the exclusion zone and possibly widening it.

Alert levels have been raised on four other volcanoes, two of which are definitely showing signs of activity – Anak Krakatau and Mount Semeru.

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Another eruption…

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Indonesia’s Merapi volcano erupts again

SLEMAN, Indonesia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Thursday, blasting vast ash clouds into the sky and unleashing jets of searing gas, two days after an initial eruption killed at least 34 people. There were no immediate reports of casualties. More than 40,000 people had fled or been evacuated from Merapi’s slopes ahead of the previous eruption, but many had started to return after the volcano appeared to become calmer on Wednesday. Indonesia is also dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami that killed at least 343 people in remote western islands on Monday.

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More eruptons from Merapi…

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Indonesia’s Merapi volcano erupts again

SLEMAN, Indonesia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Thursday, blasting vast ash clouds into the sky and unleashing jets of searing gas, two days after an initial eruption killed at least 34 people. There were no immediate reports of casualties. More than 40,000 people had fled or been evacuated from Merapi’s slopes ahead of the previous eruption, but many had started to return after the volcano appeared to become calmer on Wednesday. Indonesia is also dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami that killed at least 343 people in remote western islands on Monday.

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Indonesian Volcano Mount Merapi Erupts

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Oct. 26) — Doctors and television reports say at least 19 people were killed when Indonesia’s most volatile volcano erupted.

Scientists have warned that pressure building beneath Mount Merapi’s lava dome could trigger its most powerful blast in years.
But some vulcanologists are saying that while a big eruption is still possible, the mountain appears to be letting off steam slowly.

The death toll was quickly climbing, however.

Hospital officials said a baby died Tuesday when a mother ran in panic after Merapi started rumbling. Three other villagers died from serious burns.

Metro TV reported that 15 other bodies were found in several houses. It carried footage of corpses being carried to waiting vehicles.

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The first of a series of eruption, a lot of activity happening along the ring of fire…

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Indonesia warns volcano could erupt at any time

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia – Indonesia warned Monday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain’s slope.

Mount Merapi has seen increased volcanic activity over the past week and officials have raised the alert level for the 9,737-foot (2,968-meter) -high mountain to the most urgent level, said government volcanologist Surono, who uses only one name.

The mountain last erupted in 2006, when it sent an avalanche of blistering gases and rock fragments racing down the mountain that killed two people. A similar eruption in 1994 killed 60 people, while 1,300 people died in an eruption in 1930.

“Officials have predicted that if it erupts, magma would flow to the southern side,” said Sri Purnomo, the head of Sleman district on Java island, where Mount Merapi is located.

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