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Volcano erupts in Indonesia, forcing thousands to flee

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 26, 2010 11:51 a.m. EDT
Merapi volcano spews smoke, taken from Umbul Harjo village in Sleman, Yogyakarta on early October 26, 2010.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: About 1,500 people were receiving aid at a shelter, a relief worker said
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Mount Merapi is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes
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Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- The Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted at least three times Tuesday, forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee.

Mount Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and lies in one of the world's most densely populated areas. The volcano has a summit elevation of nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).

Some nongovernmental relief agencies were poised to offer immediate help. One of them was World Vision Indonesia, a Christian relief and development agency.

"Right now, our biggest concern is the children," said Fadli Usman, World Vision Indonesia's rapid assessment team leader. "Children are always forgotten in the early moments of a disaster like this. My first task will be to assess the needs of the children and their families in the evacuation centers so our team can begin to help them."

Usman said about 1,500 people -- mostly women and children -- had found refuge at a four-building shelter about 7 miles (12 kilometers) from the volcano. The evacuees, he said, are worried about the men who stayed behind to guard their homes and fields on the mountain.

A dusting of ash covered motorbikes and cars at the shelter parking lot, the relief worker said. The heavy ash fallout also obscured any view of the mountain from his location, he said.

Usman had reported earlier that traffic was heavy as people left the region near the mountain. The traffic was not chaotic, he said, and the road was open and under control.
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MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia, Oct. 26, 2010
At Least 18 Dead in Indonesian Volcano Eruption
Thousands of Villagers Evacuated as Massive Mount Merapi Spews Rocks, Ash; Baby among Those Killed in Mayhem
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A rescuer wheels a man heavily burned in the eruption of Mount Merapi at a hospital in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 26, 2010. (AP Photo)

Mount Merapi spews volcanic smoke as seen from Balerante, Central Java, Indonesia, Oct. 26, 2010. (AP Photo)

Villagers board a truck to evacuate their homes on the slope of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
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Tsunami Kills at Least 113 in Indonesia
Indonesia Warns Volcano Could Erupt at Any Time
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Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupted Tuesday after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful explosion in years. At least 18 people were killed, including a two-month-old baby, according to doctors and media reports.

Smoke poured out of Mount Merapi, obscuring its cone, according to footage from the private station, Metro TV. Police and volunteers were shown carrying ash-covered corpses, some wrapped in blankets and yellow body bags, to waiting vehicles.


Thousands of villagers started streaming off the 9,737-foot-high mountain as darkness fell Tuesday, crowding into makeshift emergency shelters with straw sleeping mats and bags of clothes and food.

Earlier, many had refused to budge, saying they wanted to tend to crops along volcano's fertile slopes and protect their homes against looters.

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While there are fears the current activity could foreshadow a much more destructive explosion in the coming weeks or months, Gede Swantika, a government vulcanologist, said the mountain appeared to be releasing some pressure building up beneath the lava dome.

"It's too early to know for sure," he said, adding a big blast could still be coming. "But if it continues like this for a while, we are looking at a slow, long eruption."

As they contended with the volcano, Indonesian officials were also trying to assess the impact of Monday's 7.7-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, about 800 miles from Merapi. The temblor caused a tsunami that left hundreds dead or missing on a string of remote islands.

The fault that ruptured Monday on Sumatra island's coast also caused the 2004 quake and monster Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Though hundreds of disaster officials were unable to get to many of the villages on the Mentawai islands - reachable only by a 12-hour boat ride - they were preparing for the worst.

"We have 200 body bags on the way, just in case," said Mujiharto, who heads the Health Ministry's crisis center, shortly before announcing a five-fold increase in the death toll.

Subandriyo, the chief of vulcanologist monitoring Merapi from a nearby observation post, said the eruption began just before dusk Tuesday. A 15-minute thunderous rumble was followed by a huge burst of searing ash that shot hundreds of yards (meters) into the air.

Rocks and debris cascaded down the side of Merapi, which literally means Mountain of Fire.

Officials earlier said, by closely monitoring the volcano which lies on the main island of Java, some 310 miles southeast of the capital Jakarta they hoped to avoid causalities.

But the death toll was quickly climbing.

An infant died Tuesday when a mother ran in panic after the eruption started, said Mareta, a hospital worker who goes by only one name. As the child's tiny body was covered with a white blanket, his mother looked on, crying hysterically.

Three people at Panti Nugroho hospital succumbed to bad burns after being hit by a searing cloud of ash, said Agustinus Parjo, a spokesman. News portal Detik.com reported 14 other bodies were found in several houses in a mountainside village. It cited an official who visited the site. Metro TV, which showed authorities carrying bodies out of the homes, said 15 were pulled out.

There are more than 129 active volcanoes to watch in Indonesia, which is spread across 17,500 islands, but Merapi has long been considered one of the most volatile.

In 2006, an avalanche of blistering gases and rock fragments raced down the volcano and killed two people. A similar eruption in 1994 killed 60 people, and 1,300 people died in a 1930 blast.

This vast archipelago is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.

The most recent eruption was Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province. It had been dormant for four centuries before springing to life in August but has since quieted and refugees from its slopes have returned home.
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I thought of your vaca to jakarta or indonesia whe i was posting these stories today....
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Indonesia Struck by Deadly Tsunami, Volcano Eruption

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Oct. 26: Paramedics wheel a man heavily burned in the eruption of Mount Merapi at a hospital in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia -- spasms from the Pacific "Ring of Fire," which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth.

Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi killed at least 18 people, forced thousands to flee down its slopes and spewed burning ash and smoke high into the air on the island of Java.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Sumatra, about 800 miles west of the volcano, rescuers battled rough seas to reach Indonesia's Mentawai islands, where a 10-foot tsunami triggered by an earthquake Monday night swept away hundreds of homes, killing at least 113 villagers, said Mujiharto of the Health Ministry's crisis center. Up to 500 others are missing.

The twin disasters happened hours apart in one of the most seismically active regions on the planet.

Scientists have warned that pressure building beneath Merapi's lava dome could trigger its most powerful explosion in years.



Circles indicate the magnitude and colors indicate the depth of earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia in this NOAA map. Red colors indicate shallower quakes, while green through purple indicate deeper quakes less likely to lead to a tsunami.

Merapi Volcano Erupts, At Least 18 Killed But Gede Swantika, a government volcanologist, expressed hope the 9,737-foot mountain, which sent rocks and debris cascading down its southern slope, could be releasing steam slowly.

"It's too early to know for sure," he said, adding that a big blast could still be coming. "But if it continues like this for a while, we are looking at a slow, long eruption."

A 2006 eruption at Merapi killed two people, one in 1994 killed 60 people, and a 1930 blast killed 1,300.

After refusing to budge from the volcano's fertile slopes, saying they wanted to tend to their crops and protect their homes, villagers started streaming by the thousands into makeshift emergency shelters late Tuesday. Many carried sleeping mats, bags of clothes and food as they settled in.

Officials said earlier that by closely monitoring the volcano 310 miles southeast of the capital of Jakarta, they thought they could avoid casualties. But the death toll rose quickly.

Police and volunteers were shown on Metro TV pulling at least 14 ash-covered bodies and carrying them to waiting vehicles.

Among the dead was a 2-month-old baby, said Mareta, a hospital worker who goes by only one name. The infant's tiny body was draped in a sheet as his mother cried.

Three people at Panti Nugroho hospital died of burns after being hit by a searing cloud of ash, said Agustinus Parjo, a spokesman.

Even as they contended with the volcano -- one of 129 to watch in the world's largest archipelago -- officials were trying to assess the impact of Monday night's 7.7-magnitude earthquake off Sumatra that triggered the killer tsunami.

The quake, just 13 miles beneath the ocean floor, was followed by at least 14 aftershocks, the largest measuring 6.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The fault also caused the 2004 quake and monster Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

After Monday's quake and tsunami, many panicked residents fled to high ground and were too afraid to return home.

That could account in part for the more than 500 people still missing, said Hendri Dori, a local parliamentarian, adding: "We're trying to stay hopeful."

Hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes were washed away on the island of Pagai, with water flooding crops and roads up to 600 yards inland. In Muntei Baru, a village on Silabu island, 80 percent of the houses were badly damaged.

With few relief workers able to get to the hardest-hit islands -- reachable only by a 12-hour boat ride -- fishermen searched for the living and dead. Corpses lay unburied because there was not enough outside help to dig graves, according to the Mentawai district chief, Edison Salelo Baja.

The island chain, 175 miles from Sumatra, has long been popular with surfers.

A group of Australians said they were on the back deck of their chartered boat, anchored in a bay, when the quake hit just before 10 p.m. Monday. It generated a wave that pushed their boat into a neighboring vessel. A fire soon ripped through their cabin.

"We threw whatever we could that floated -- surfboards, fenders -- then we jumped into the water," Rick Hallet told Australia's Nine Network. "Fortunately, most of us had something to hold on to ... and we just washed in the wetlands, and scrambled up the highest trees that we could possibly find and sat up there for an hour and a half."

Ade Edward, a disaster management agency official, said crews from several ships were still unaccounted for in the Indian Ocean.

The quake also jolted towns along Sumatra's western coast -- including Padang, which last year was hit by a deadly 7.6-magnitude quake that killed more than 700. Mosques blared tsunami warnings over their loudspeakers.

"Everyone was running out of their houses," said Sofyan Alawi, adding that the roads leading to surrounding hills were quickly jammed with thousands of cars and motorcycles.
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I'll be on the way there one week from today.

Won't be going to Jakarta this time around, perhaps when I go next september.

The town I'll be in is situated in the mountains up between 2 active volcanos on the island of Sulawesi.

Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km2 (67,413 sq mi). The island is surrounded by Borneo to the west, by the Philippines to the north, by Maluku to the east, and by Flores and Timor to the south. It has a distinctive shape, dominated by four large peninsulas: the Semenanjung Minahassa; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-east Peninsula. The central part of the island is ruggedly mountainous, such that the island's peninsulas have traditionally been remote from each other, with better connections by sea than by road.

The island is subdivided into six provinces: Gorontalo, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi. West Sulawesi is a new province, created in 2004 from part of South Sulawesi. The largest cities on the island are Makassar, on the southwestern coast of the island, and Manado, on the northern tip.
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I'll be on the way there one week from today.

Won't be going to Jakarta this time around, perhaps when I go next september.

The town I'll be in is situated in the mountains up between 2 active volcanos on the island of Sulawesi.

Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km2 (67,413 sq mi). The island is surrounded by Borneo to the west, by the Philippines to the north, by Maluku to the east, and by Flores and Timor to the south. It has a distinctive shape, dominated by four large peninsulas: the Semenanjung Minahassa; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-east Peninsula. The central part of the island is ruggedly mountainous, such that the island's peninsulas have traditionally been remote from each other, with better connections by sea than by road.

The island is subdivided into six provinces: Gorontalo, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi. West Sulawesi is a new province, created in 2004 from part of South Sulawesi. The largest cities on the island are Makassar, on the southwestern coast of the island, and Manado, on the northern tip.
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AOL News (Oct. 27) -- Indonesian authorities have launched two rescue operations after a tsunami crashed into an island chain and a volcano erupted less than 24 hours later, leaving at least 300 people dead and thousands more homeless.

Entire villages were washed away Monday when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake split the ocean floor near the Mentawai islands, 80 miles off Sumatra's west coast. The 10-foot waves generated by that rupture have killed at least 272 people so far, officials told The Associated Press. The relief agency World Vision is reporting that more than 500 people are missing.

"We need to find the missing people as soon as possible," West Sumatra provincial disaster management head Harmensyah told Agence France-Presse. "Some of them might have run away to the mountains, but many would have been swept away."

He also said that survivors in the remote region desperately needed emergency aid. "They have lost their houses and now need a lot of aid and assistance," said Harmensyah, who like many Indonesians has just one name. "There are some tents already arrived here, but we still need many more."

Indonesia implemented an early-warning system designed to warn locals of incoming mega-waves after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed 230,000 people across East Asia. However, officials have said that a fault with the system meant Mentawai islanders weren't informed about the coming deluge, according to the BBC.

A farmer named Borinte from the island of North Pagai, who lost his wife and children in the tsunami, told AFP that he had received little or no warning of the coming disaster. "About 10 minutes after the quake, we heard a loud, thunderous sound," he said. "We went outside and saw the wave coming. We tried to run away to higher ground, but the wave was much quicker than us. I'm so sorry that I couldn't save my wife and children as I panicked and didn't know what to do. I was swept away as well but I managed to survive by holding onto a wooden plank."

A day later, another natural disaster hit the central island of Java, when Indonesia's most active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted and spewed out clouds of searing gas and lava. At least 28 people are believed to have died so far, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, although that death toll is expected to rise, as 14 people are being treated for burns over 80 percent of their bodies at the nearby Sardjito Hospital.


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Volunteers search Wednesday for victims of the Mount Merapi eruption at Kinahrejo village near Yogyakarta, Indonesia.President Barack Obama, who spent some of his childhood years in Indonesia and is set to visit the country next month, said Tuesday that he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life. "At the same time, I am heartened and encouraged by the remarkable resiliency of the Indonesian people and the commitment of their government to rapidly assist the victims," he said in a statement. "As a friend of Indonesia, the United States stands ready to help in any way."

Getting aid to the remote and sparsely developed Mentawai islands is proving a challenge for Indonesian authorities, as rough seas are slowing the delivery of aid from Padang, the nearest major port on Sumatra. It's also difficult for local officials to accurately assess the devastation from the tsunami because there are few roads and functioning telephone lines on the archipelago.

These tropical islands are popular with Western surfers, several of whom were caught up in the disaster. American surfer Daniel North told The Associated Press that he was on the deck of a charter boat together with eight Australians and a New Zealander when the wall of water smashed them into a neighboring vessel, starting a fire that quickly ripped through their cabin.

Sponsored Links "They hit us directly in the side of the boat, piercing a fuel tank," North said, soon after the group arrived safely back in Padang. "Almost immediately, the captain gave the order to abandon ship and everyone got off the boat."

Holding on to their surfboards and anything that floated, the group was swept into the jungle by the tsunami and climbed the tallest trees they could find. They waited for 90 minutes until they thought it was safe to return to the water. Five members of the group were taken to the hospital in Padang for treatment of minor injuries including broken toes, burns and cuts.

Indonesia, which is next to the Sunda Trench where two of the planet's tectonic plates meet, is regularly rocked by earthquakes and volcanoes. The denser crust of the Indo-Australian plate is constantly being forced under the lighter crust of the Eurasian plate, generating huge amounts of friction that can set off earthquakes. And as the Indo-Australian crust sinks down, it starts to melt and its water content turns to superheated steam. That high-pressure mix then forces its way to the surface, creating volcanoes along weak spots in the Earth's crust.
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Indonesia volcano erupts again

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 28, 2010 11:28 p.m. EDT
Deadly eruptions in IndonesiaSTORY HIGHLIGHTS
A plume about 1,500 meters high rises from the mountaintop
Residents flee the volcano, seeking safer ground
Some of them had returned to the volcano after eruptions earlier in the week

(CNN) -- Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted again Friday, sending a plume about 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above the mountaintop, an extreme weather chaser said.

Ash drifted to the south after the eruption about 10 a.m. local time, weather chaser James Reynolds said.

Residents started streaming down the mountain, heading for safer ground. Some were being evacuated after having already returned home following eruptions earlier in the week, observers from the Volcanology Agency near Merapi said.

No injuries or deaths were immediately reported Friday.



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The volcano killed at least 32 people when it exploded earlier in the week, medical officials said.

Rescue and recovery efforts continue to unfold, with the Indonesian government scrambling to help tens of thousands of residents displaced by the eruption.

Mount Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and lies in one of the world's most densely populated areas. The volcano has a summit elevation of nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).

Hundreds of displaced residents have crammed a small government building in Yogyakarta. Many had fled with only the clothes on their backs.

Some residents refused to flee, holding out to watch over their crops and livestock. Some residents awaited word from the traditional gatekeeper of Mount Merapi. But Maradjin, the gatekeeper, fell victim to the volcano as well.

He was buried Thursday. He died in his 80s, after being appointed about two decades ago by the last Sultan of Java.

Hundreds paid their respects as Maradjin was buried in the volcano's shadow, along with two other people who died with him.

The revered elder had refused to leave the mountain, even as it rumbled.

Maradjin, whose father was gatekeeper before him, spent decades guarding the volcano and trying to appease its spirits with offerings.

"Merapi is a house of spirits, which also means a living mountain," Maradjin told CNN in a 2006 interview. "When Merapi emits smoke, we have to be respectful."
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Between volcanos, earthquakes & tsunamis they are getting whacked around pretty good.

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1 / 27 Women cross an ash-covered street after the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano, in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, October 30, 2010.

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By Renjani Puspo Sari

JAKARTA | Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:49am EDT

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted on Thursday for the second time in a week, blasting vast plumes of ash into the sky, as the death toll from the initial eruption and a tsunami that hit remote western islands reached 377.

There were no immediate reports of new casualties after Merapi's second eruption. More than 40,000 people had fled or been evacuated from Merapi's slopes earlier in the week, but many started to return after the volcano appeared to become calmer.

Officials said the death toll from a tsunami that hit the remote western Mentawai islands on Monday had reached at least 343. The tsunami was triggered on Monday by a 7.5 magnitude quake. A day later, Mount Merapi on the outskirts of Yogyakarta city on Java island erupted, killing at least 34.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who had been due to take part in a summit of Asian leaders in Hanoi from Thursday to Saturday, flew back to Indonesia after the twin disasters.

"The president was very moved when he met the victims of the tsunami and earthquake," Yudhoyono's spokesman, Julian Pasha, told Reuters, adding that the president planned to return to Hanoi before Saturday.

"He has issued instructions for all aid to continue to flow in without disruption."

Parts of an early warning system installed after a huge 2004 tsunami killed more than 226,000 people had been stolen but overall the system still worked, said the head of the meteorological agency, Sri Woro Harijono.

"Yes, some of our sensors disappear because they are stolen, such as seismographs and solar cells," she said. "But it is just one or three sensors out of 100. The system works fine."

Local media reported that parts of the tsunami early warning system had not worked properly because they had been vandalized or removed, while Metro TV broadcast footage of villagers questioning the effectiveness of the warning system.

"This has also been reported to the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology but we also need to make sure this information is verified properly," said Pasha.

"We know that when the quake happened, within 10 minutes this enormous tsunami came. So maybe the speed with which it came meant that the early warning system didn't work."

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Mount Merapi killed 1,300 people in 1930.

In December 2004, a tsunami caused by an earthquake of more than 9 magnitude off Sumatra killed more than 226,000 people. It was the deadliest tsunami on record.

(Writing by Sunanda Creagh, editing by Andrew Marshall)
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