Indonesian Volcano Emits Ash and Lava

29 Oct

Merapi volcano spews smoke taken at Kinah Rejo village in Sleman on October 28, 2010. Disaster-prone Indonesia paused on October 28 to bury victims of Mount Merapis violent eruption, including an elderly spiritual leader appointed to hush the volcanos restless spirits. More than 20 of the 32 victims were buried in a mass grave in central Java as the country reels from the twin disasters of Tuesdays eruption and a tsunami which struck Sumatra island on Monday, killing more than 300 people.

KALI KUNING, – An Indonesian volcano that erupted and killed 32 people earlier this week spewed ash and lava early Friday. Government volcanologists said the activity was not a fresh eruption and could help to stabilize Mount Merapi, in Central Java province, following its series of deadly eruptions on Tuesday.

“It shot heat clouds at 6:10 am (1110 GMT Thursday) as far as 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) down its southeastern slopes and followed this with ash rain,” volcanologist Heru Suparwoko told AFP.

“It’s definitely dangerous for anyone who might be in the path of the heat clouds.” The area was evacuated on Monday but some people may have stayed or returned to tend their livestock and check on their homes.

Another volcanologist, Surono, said the volcano, whose name translates as the “Mountain of Fire”, also released lava for the first time since its latest round of activity began.

“It’s a good development as there won’t be an accumulation of energy which will cause a massive eruption like on Tuesday,” he said.

More than 50,000 people are living in cramped temporary shelters near the central Java city of Yogyakarta, having been ordered to evacuate a 10-kilometre danger zone on Monday.

Source : KOMPAS

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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Indonesia


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