Indonesia volcano erupts again, tsunami deaths hit 430

JAKARTA Mon Nov 1, 2010 7:48am EDT

1 of 11. Mount Merapi volcano spews smoke as seen from Sidorejo village in Klaten, near Yogyakarta November 1, 2010.

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Monday for the third time in a week, driving the number of refugees to almost 70,000, as the death toll from a tsunami thousands of kilometers to the west rose to 431, officials said.

The fresh eruption forced a thick ash cloud around 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) into the air above Merapi, which sits on the outskirts of Yogyakarta city in Central Java, and caused panicked residents to flee villages on the slopes of the mountain for safety shelters.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that 38 people have been killed and 69,533 evacuated since Merapi began erupting last week, while Indonesia's vulcanology agency warned that flights around Yogyakarta may be disrupted.

Scientists are also monitoring increased activity at two other volcanoes, Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda strait and Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, an official from the vulcanology agency said.

Merapi's third eruption comes as Indonesian disaster officials are struggling to deliver aid to the remote Mentawai islands in Sumatra province, where a 7.5 magnitude quake triggered a tsunami last week.

The tsunami killed 431 people and another 88 are still missing, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

(Reporting by Telly Nathalia; Editing by Sunanda Creagh and Daniel Magnowski)

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lee98611 wrote:
on no, not Mount Anak Krakatau, that is one bad Volcano. If memory serves me right it was this very mountain that caused a global economical crisis known as “The Year With Out A Summer” in fact all these erupting volcano leaves to wonder, is Yellowstone next?

Nov 03, 2010 11:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lee98611 wrote:
Oh no not Mount Anak Krakatau didn’t that mountain cause great disruption and “A year With out a Summer? in fact with this many volcanoes erupting won’t it start to cool our atmosphere? I wonder If any volcanos here in the US are next?

Nov 03, 2010 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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