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Old October 31 2010, 12:12 AM   #15
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Re: Indonesia Struck by Earthquake, Tsunami, & Volcanic Eruption

Merapi erupted again:

Troops force villagers away from volcano as Mount Merapi erupts again

Published Date: 31 October 2010
By Slamet Riyadi

Mount Merapi, Indonesia
INDONESIA'S military forced villagers off the slopes of the country's most volatile volcano yesterday, carrying some away screaming as the mountain sent clouds of grey ash cascading down its slopes in its most powerful explosion yet.
The notoriously unpredictable Mount Merapi forced the temporary closure of an airport and claimed another life, bringing the death toll for the week to 36.

Hundreds of miles to the west, meanwhile, relief workers said a total of 135 people missing since a tsunami hit a remote Indonesian island chain have been found alive or have returned to their villages after fleeing to the hills to escape the giant wave. There are still 163 missing and 413 dead from the tsunami, officials said.

Many tsunami survivors waited for food and other supplies yesterday as violent storms grounded all aid deliveries. Some of those injured by the towering wave were suffering without painkillers and could die if they weren't evacuated, doctors said at one hospital.

The catastrophes, striking earlier in the week at different ends of the seismically active country, have severely tested the emergency response network. Indonesia lies in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a cluster of fault lines prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Mount Merapi, which sprang back to life early last week, unleashed a 21-minute eruption yesterday followed by more than 350 volcanic tremors and 33 ash bursts, said Surono, chief of the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.
Good news that they found 135 of the people missing after the tsunami alive though.
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