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Stray, is the purpose of your trip a fun vacation, or a rescue mission. Do you need any supplies donated. Suggest you carry basic first aid pouch, rubber gloves, masks, and bottled water. Never mind clothes and shaving gear, you can go native.

Could you postpone and go after things have settled down?
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Indonesian Volcano Erupts, Sparking Panic

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AP MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Oct. 31) -- A deadly volcano in Indonesia spewed another searing cloud of ash down its slopes Sunday, prompting panic and chaos among thousands of villagers who had taken advantage of a lull in activity to rush home and check on their livestock.

The new blast came as rescuers hundreds of miles away finally were able to resume food deliveries and evacuate injured victims of a tsunami triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake near a chain of remote islands off western Sumatra.

The number of people killed in the twin catastrophes climbed to almost 500 on Sunday.

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Material from Sunday's eruption of Mount Merapi looms over Cangkringan, Indonesia. Some people fled the eruption in vehicles; others jumped into rivers.

Sirens blared, and people jumped into rivers trying to escape Mount Merapi's latest fury, while others sprinted down the mountain or sped off in cars and trucks, local disaster official Rusdiyanto said.

It wasn't clear if there were any new casualties Sunday, though an official said the ash cloud was not near populated areas. The volcano has killed 38 people since Tuesday.

The notoriously unpredictable mountain had been mostly quiet Sunday after letting out its most powerful eruption of the week the previous day.

Despite warnings from officials, thousands of the more than 53,000 people who had been evacuated from the danger zone rushed back Sunday morning to check on their livestock high up on the scorched slopes.

"My farm has been destroyed by volcanic debris and thick dust. ... All I have left now are my cows and goats," said Subarkah, who lives less than two miles from the peak. "I have to find grass and bring it up to them, otherwise they'll die."

Since the eruptions began Tuesday, officials have struggled to keep villagers off the slopes of Merapi, which means Fire Mountain. More than 2,000 troops had to be called in Saturday to force men, women and children to leave.

The airport in Solo, 25 miles east of Merapi, was forced to close Sunday for at least an hour due to volcanic dust that fell like rain, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the transportation ministry.

National airline Garuda Indonesia also rerouted flights from Yogyakarta because of concerns that volcanic dust from Merapi, 18 miles (30 kilometers) to the north, would damage plane engines, airline spokesman Pujobroto said.

The 46-minute eruption Sunday shot dust about a mile into the air and a cloud of hot ash a half mile (a kilometer) down Merapi's eastern and southern slopes, said Surono, chief of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

"There should be no casualties from the new eruption because the flow of hot ash is lower and far from populated areas," Surono said.

He said heavy rain Sunday increased the danger of another larger eruption because water falling into the fiery crater can create sudden vapor pressure in the lava dome, he said.

In the last century, more than 1,400 have been killed by Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanos.

Since Saturday's large eruption, the volcano has had 63 lava bursts and nine small gas emissions, said Subandrio, an official with the volcano's monitoring agency.

"The trend seems to be that the volcanic activity is increasing," he said.

More than 800 miles to the west, a break in stormy weather made it possible for boats and helicopters to ferry aid to the most distant corners of the Mentawai Islands, where some coastal communities were pounded by a tsunami up to 18 feet high last Monday.

A military helicopter evacuated badly injured survivors who had languished in an overwhelmed hospital with only Tylenol to ease their pain, said Ade Edward, a disaster management official. Among those evacuated was a baby girl born in a shelter after the tsunami and a 12-year-old girl with a life-threatening chest wound.

A C-130 transport plane, six helicopters and four motorized longboats were ferrying food and emergency supplies Sunday, he said.

Relief efforts were brought to a complete stop Saturday by stormy weather and rough seas.

"We're really glad to finally see the relief workers, doctors and rescue teams able to reach devastated areas," Edward said, adding that two navy ships arrived Sunday with many more police and soldiers deployed to speed up relief efforts.

Sponsored LinksThe tsunami death toll climbed to 449 on Sunday with the discovery of dozens more bodies, said Nelis Zuliastri from the National Disaster Management Agency.

Indonesia, a vast island nation of 235 million people, straddles a series of fault lines and volcanoes known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The fault that ruptured Monday, running the length of the west coast of Sumatra island, also caused the 9.1-magnitude quake that unleashed a monster tsunami around the Indian Ocean in 2004, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
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Stray, is the purpose of your trip a fun vacation, or a rescue mission. Do you need any supplies donated. Suggest you carry basic first aid pouch, rubber gloves, masks, and bottled water. Never mind clothes and shaving gear, you can go native.

Could you postpone and go after things have settled down?
It is a vacation to visit my wife's family.

I'll be quite some distance from the earthquake, tsunami action and although her town is right up between 2 active volcanos I won't be near the one causing the trouble.

I plan to have lots of fun, my only worry is what I will eat.
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It is a vacation to visit my wife's family.

I'll be quite some distance from the earthquake, tsunami action and although her town is right up between 2 active volcanos I won't be near the one causing the trouble.

I plan to have lots of fun, my only worry is what I will eat.
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MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia, Nov. 1, 2010
Scientists: Indonesia Eruption Could Last Weeks

Indonesia's Most Dangerous Volcano Shows No Signs of Tiring as it Continues Belching Clouds of Black Smoke

Mount Merapi spews volcanic materials as seen from Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Scientists warned that the slow but deadly eruption could continue for weeks. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

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Indonesia Volcano Erupts Anew; 21 Others Active
Indonesian Volcano Unleashes Powerful Eruption

(AP) Indonesia's most dangerous volcano showed no sign of tiring Tuesday, belching clouds of black smoke as fiery lava lit up its cauldron. Scientists warned that the slow but deadly eruption could continue for weeks, like a "marathon, not a sprint."

The activity was accompanied by rumbling at 21 other active volcanos in Indonesia, twice the number usually on the government's "watch" list, which raised questions about what's causing the uptick along some of the world's most volatile fault lines.

No casualties were reported in Mount Merapi's latest blast, which came as Indonesia struggled to respond to an earthquake-generated tsunami that devastated a remote chain of islands. The two disasters unfolding in separate parts of the country have killed nearly 470 people and strained the government's emergency response network.

In both events, the military has been called in to help.

"Ring of Fire" Unleashes Misery on Indonesia
Indonesia's Double Disasters

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanos because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the western and eastern Pacific.

Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has killed 38 people since springing back to life just over a week ago.

There have since been more than 10 large eruptions, including a violent burst Monday that appears to have eased pressure building up inside the crater by creating a vent for magma to escape.

"There's no way of knowing for sure, of course," said Safari Dwiyono, who has observed the mountain for more than 15 years. "But based on what we've seen in the last few days, we're hoping there won't be a massive explosion. It's looking like we're in for a marathon, not a sprint."

The nearly 70,000 villagers evacuated from the area around Merapi's once-fertile slopes - now blanketed by gray ash - have been told they could be expected to stay in crowded government camps for at least three more weeks.

More than 800 miles to the west, meanwhile, a C-130 transport plane, six helicopters and four boats were ferrying aid to the most distant corners of the Mentawai islands, where last week's tsunami destroyed hundreds of homes, schools, churches and mosques. The tsunami death toll stood Monday at 431, the National Disaster Management Agency said on its website.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said relief efforts must be sped up, expressing dismay that it took days for aid to reach the isolated islands, though he acknowledged that violent storms were largely to blame.

Last week's killer wave was triggered a 7.7-magnitude earthquake along the same fault that caused the 2004 temblor and tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. The fault line, along the west coast of Sumatra island, is the meeting point of the two of the Earth's dozen major plates, which have been pushing against and under each other for millions of years, causing huge stresses to build up.

Both earthquakes and volcanos can result from the release of these stresses. As plates slide against or under each other, molten rock can break the surface via a volcano or the energy can be released in an earthquake.

The government has raised alert levels of 21 other volcanos to the second- and third- highest levels in the last two months because they have shown an increase in activity, state volcanologists Syamsul Rizal said Monday.

That's twice the number usually on the government "watch" list.

Geophysicist Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland said the activity increasingly seems to indicate that the volcanos could be affecting neighboring ones, and that this was a new idea for volcanologists.

"If it's true that there are over 20 volcanos demonstrating increased levels of seismic activity, then that is something we should pay attention to," agreed Brent McInnes, a professor at Australia's Curtin University, adding however that he has not yet seen the raw data.

He said such an increase could indicate "a major plate restructuring" - a shift in the plates' position, rather than simply the usual jostling.

Others were quick to point out, however, this could just be a normal, random fluctuation of volcanic activity.
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Indonesian Volcano Erupts Powerfully; Quake Hits


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Indonesian soldiers evacuate villagers from their homes following another eruption of Mount Merapi in Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Indonesia is evacuating more people from near Mount Merapi after the volcano had its biggest eruption yet. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia-- Indonesia's deadly volcano erupted Wednesday with its biggest blast yet, shooting searing ash miles into the sky and forcing the hasty evacuations of panicked villagers and emergency shelters near the base.


Soldiers loaded men, women and crying children into trucks as rocks and debris hurled in the air and down the mountain's slopes. No new casualties were reported immediately after the booming explosion that lasted more than an hour.

Oct. 26, said Surono, a state volcanologist.

Tens of thousands of villagers have been evacuated from Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, since it began erupting just over a week ago, killing 38 people, most from severe burns.

The danger zone was widened Wednesday from six miles from the glowing crater to 9 miles because of the heightened threat.

"I (didn't) think of anything else except to save my wife and son. We left my house and everything," said Tentrem Wahono, 50, who lives in Kaliurang village, about 6 miles from the peak.

He and his family fled on a motorbike, "racing with the explosive sounds as the searing ash chased us from behind."

The last eruption has raised Merapi's status to "crisis" condition, said Andi Arief, a special staff at the presidential office dealing with disaster and social assistance.

235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanos because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific.

As a reminder of that, a 6.1-magnitude quake hit waters off the eastern province of Papua on Wednesday evening, rattling several villages but causing no known damage or casualties.

The volcano's initial blast on Oct. 26 occurred less than 24 hours after a towering tsunami slammed into remote islands on the western end of the country, sweeping entire villages to sea and killing at least 428 people.

In both cases, relief operations are expected to take weeks, possibly months.

More than 800 miles west of the volcano, helicopters and boats were delivering aid to tsunami survivors in the most distant Mentawai islands, which lies almost directly over the fault that spawned the 2004 Indian Ocean monster quake and wave.

There has been talk in recent days about relocating villagers away from vulnerable coastlines.
"I'm all for it," said Regen, who lives on Pagai Utara island and goes by one name. "We're all terrified now, especially at night, and wouldn't mind moving further inland."
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New Eruption at Indonesian Volcano Mount Merapi
Indonesia Volcano Erupts Anew; 21 Others Active


(CBA/AP) Indonesia's deadly Mount Merapi erupted Wednesday with its biggest volcanic blast yet, spewing hot clouds up to six miles away and forcing the government to evacuate people from refugee camps who had already been dislocated by the volcano.

The blast Wednesday afternoon followed a morning eruption that sent searing gas clouds down the volcano's scorched flanks. The volcano started erupting Oct. 26 and most of the 38 deaths occurred the first day. No new casualties were immediately reported from Wednesday's activity.

The government widened the danger zone to 9 miles from 6 miles. The massive blast endangered places that had not been not evacuated as well as refugee camps within that distance.

The volcano and tsunami that hit another part of the country last week have claimed nearly 470 lives and sent tens of thousands crowding into emergency shelters. They were settling in for the long haul Wednesday, with relief operations expected to take weeks, possibly months.

Mount Merapi's morning blast spewed hot ash and fiery rocks three miles down the mountain's largely evacuated slopes at 8:11 a.m. The multiple eruptions may be helping ease pressure inside the volcano's crater, Safari Dwiyono, a state volcanologist, said.

Scientists: Indonesia Eruption Could Last Weeks
Indonesia Volcano Causes Flight Cancellations

The government has ordered airlines to circumvent Merapi for safety reasons and two international carriers briefly canceled flights altogether to nearby airports.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific.

More than 800 miles west of the volcano, helicopters and boats were delivering aid to the most distant Mentawai islands, where an Oct. 25 tsunami swept entire villages to sea.

The death toll was lowered by three Wednesday to 428, said Ade Edward, a disaster official, with 75 others still missing. The figures were revised after compiling and comparing data from various private and government search and rescue teams, health workers and security forces, he said.

There has been talk in recent days, meanwhile, about relocating villagers away from vulnerable coastlines. Refugees who already fled when the mountain started eruption last week were among those being moved hastily to safer areas.

"I'm all for it," said Regen, who lives on Pagai Utara island and goes by one name. "We're all terrified now, especially at night, and wouldn't mind moving further inland."




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iReport After the first eruption on Tuesday, October 26th 2010, Merapi Volcano has been erupting over and over again for more than 20 times, either big and small ones. The eruption causes volcanic ashes showering throughout the surrounding area of the volcano: Sleman, Magelang, Klaten, etc. Creates some temporary deserts on the roads and streets.

According to the volcanic activity monitoring team, the volcano did a big explosive eruption on 4 p.m. local time today. It sprayed out lava and some other materials 2 km above. Unfortunately, the rain was falling at the top area of Merapi, caused some floods of cold lava through the rivers and villages.

The evacuation spots have been moved to the safer areas, because the dangerous territory was extended to the radius of 20 km from the top. The volcano's status is still 'Beware' or even considered as 'Critical', means it will keep erupting until the big main explosion, which is predicted will happen in at least 14 days.
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Indonesian Volcano Death Toll Rises After Blasts


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Nov. 5: A man wearing a mask, stands on a public bus on an ash-covered street as ashes from an eruption of Mount Merapi fall in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- The most powerful eruption in a century from a volatile Indonesian volcano has killed at least 78 people and raised the death toll to 122.

Dozens of bodies were found Friday after searing gas avalanched down Mount Merapi around midnight. Houses and trees were torched and villagers incinerated as they fled.

The National Disaster Management Agency said on its website that the deaths around the village of Bronggang raised the toll to 122 by Friday afternoon.

The volcano sprung back to life Oct. 26, and thousands of villagers who live on the slopes have fled. Even scientists who monitor the volcano have been told to evacuate.

Soldiers joined overnight rescue operations in Bronggang, nine miles from the crater of Mount Merapi, pulling at least 58 corpses from smoldering homes and streets blanketed by ash up to one foot deep.



Nov. 4: A villager watchs as volcanic material from the eruption of Mount Merapi burst into the air in Wukirsari, Indonesia.
with clothes, blankets and even mattresses fused to their skin by the 1,400 degree Fahrenheit gas clouds -- were carried away on stretchers.

Authorities extended Mount Merapi's danger zone by three miles to 12 miles from the crater after the new eruption, said Subandrio, a state volcanologist.

The eruption just before midnight was six times as powerful as Merapi's initial blast on Oct. 26, sending men with ash-covered faces streaming down the scorched slopes on motorcycles. Truckloads of women and children, many crying, followed.

Officials wearing face masks barked out orders on bullhorns as rocks and debris rained from the sky.

"The heat surrounded us and there was white smoke everywhere," said Niti Raharjo, 47, who was thrown from his motorbike along with his 19-year-old son while trying to flee.

"I saw people running, screaming in the dark, women so scared they fell unconscious," he said from a hospital where they were both being treated for burns.

"There was an explosion that sounded like it was from a war ... and it got worse, the ash and debris raining down."

Up until Friday, the village of Bronggang, home to around 80 families, had been considered to be within the safety zone, despite signs that the notoriously unpredictable mountain could be ready to blow.

Mount Merapi, which means "Fire Mountain," has erupted many times in the last century. In 1994, over a period of several days, 60 people were killed, while in 1930, more than a dozen villages were torched, leaving up to 1,300 dead.

The greatest danger is always pyroclastic flows, like those that roared down the southern slopes at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

With bodies found in front of houses or littering streets, it appeared that many of the villagers died from the searing gas while trying to escape the inferno, said Col. Tjiptono, a deputy police chief.

More than 70 injured people -- most with burns and some with respiratory problems, broken bones and cuts -- waited to be treated at the tiny Sardjito hospital, where bodies piled up in the morgue.

"We're totally overwhelmed here!" said Heru Nogroho, a hospital spokesman.

Heavy white ash covered the runways at the airport in nearby Yogyakarta, forcing it to close Friday. It was not clear when it would reopen, said Agus Andriyanto, who oversees operations.

Despite earlier predictions that dozens of big explosions that followed Merapi's initial Oct. 26 blast would ease pressure building up behind a magma dome, eruptions have been intensifying, baffling experts who have long monitored Merapi.

"I don't want to speculate if there's going to be a bigger eruption," said Syamsu Rizal, a state expert on volcanos. "But there's no indication at this stage that we're going to see it quiet down at all in the near future."

Even scientists from Merapi's monitoring station were told they had to pack up and move down the mountain. They were scrambling to repair four of their five seismographs destroyed by the heavy soot showers.

More than 75,000 people living along Merapi's fertile slopes have been evacuated to crowded emergency shelters, many by force, in the last week. Some return to their villages during lulls in activity, however, to tend to their livestock.

Before Friday, the death toll from Merapi stood at 44, with most dying in the Oct. 26 blast. With the new deaths around the village of Bronggang it climbed to 102.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanos because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.

The volcano's initial blast occurred less than 24 hours after a towering tsunami slammed into the remote Mentawai islands on the western end of the country, sweeping entire villages to sea and killing at least 428 people.

There, too, thousands of people were displaced, many living in government camps.
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MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) The most powerful eruption in a century from Indonesia's most volatile volcano has killed at least 78 people and raised the death toll to 122.
Blistering gas from the volcano spewed farther than expected Friday, incinerating houses at the edge of the danger zone, triggering chaotic evacuations.

Dozens of bodies were found Friday after searing gas avalanched down Mount Merapi around midnight. Houses and trees were torched and villagers incinerated as they fled.

The National Disaster Management Agency said on its website that the deaths around the village of Bronggang raised the toll to 122 by Friday afternoon.

Soldiers joined overnight rescue operations in Bronggang, nine miles from the mouth of the crater, pulling corpses from smoldering homes and streets blanketed by ash three inches deep, then piling them into the backs of trucks.

Dozens of injured clothes, blankets and even mattresses fused to their skin by the 1,400 degree Fahrenheit gas clouds were carried away on stretchers.

"We're totally overwhelmed here!" said Heru Nogroho, a spokesman at the Sardjito hospital, as the number of bodies dropped off at their morgue climbed.

Villager Niti Raharjo, 47, was in the hospital with burn wounds to his legs, alongside his 19-year-old son who suffered burns to his shoulder, hands and legs. Raharjo said a strong tremor woke him up and he grabbed his motorbike and the pair rode away.

"The heat surrounded us and there was white smoke everywhere," he said. "I saw people running, screaming in the dark, women so scared they fell unconscious. Everything was in turmoil while an explosion that sounded like it was from a war came along the river ... then it got worse as ash and debris rained down.

When the debris filled the road, they were thrown from the motorbike. "But fear made us get up and get out of the hell, regardless of the burning pain in our feet," he said.

Merapi's booming explosion just after midnight was six times as powerful as its initial blast on Oct. 26 and triggered a panicked evacuation. Men with ash-covered faces streamed down the scorched slopes on motorcycles, followed by truckloads of women and children, many crying.

Officials wearing facemasks barked out orders on bullhorns as rocks and debris rained from the sky.

Up until Friday, the village of Bronggang, home to around 80 families, was considered to be within the safety zone, despite signs that the notoriously unpredictable mountain could be ready to blow.

Mount Merapi, which means "Fire Mountain," has erupted many times in the last century. In 1994, over a period of several days, 60 people were killed, while in 1930, more than a dozen villages were torched, leaving up to 1,300 dead.

The greatest danger is always pyroclastic flows, like those that roared down the southern slopes just before midnight Friday at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

With many bodies found in front of houses or littering streets it appeared that many of the villagers died from the searing gas while trying to flee, said Col. Tjiptono, a deputy police chief.

Activity at the mountain forced an airport in nearby Yogyakarta to close Friday because runways were covered in heavy white ash. It was not clear when it would reopen, said Agus Andriyanto, who oversees operations.

Mount Merapi's "danger zone," meanwhile, was extended by three miles to 12 miles from the crater's smoldering mouth after the new eruption, said Subandrio, a state volcanologist.

Even scientists from Merapi's monitoring station were told they had to pack up and move down the mountain. They were scrambling to repair four of their five seismographs destroyed by the heavy soot showers.

Despite earlier predictions that dozens of big explosions that followed Merapi's initial Oct. 26 blast would ease pressure building up behind a magma dome, eruptions have been intensifying, baffling experts who have long monitored Merapi.

"I don't want to speculate if there's going to be a bigger eruption," said Syamsu Rizal, a state expert on volcanos. "But there's no indication at stage that we're going to see it see quiet down at all in the near future."

More than 75,000 people living along Merapi's fertile slopes have been evacuated to crowded emergency shelters, many by force, in the last week. Some return to their villages during lulls in activity, however, to tend to their livestock.

Before Friday, the death toll from Merapi stood at 44, with most of the victims in the first, Oct. 26 blast.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanos because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.

The volcano's initial blast occurred less than 24 hours after a towering tsunami slammed into the remote Mentawai islands on the western end of the country, sweeping entire villages to sea and killing at least 428 people.

There, too, thousands of people were displaced, many living in government camps.
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The footage is savage, people insinerated.
Prayers going out to all, and to StrayStar and his wife
vacationing there.
Lord have mercy.
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