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Jakarta Post

Mount Merapi erupts, spewing hot ash

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Wed, October 27 2010   /  10:33 am

Mount Merapi erupted Tuesday afternoon, spewing hot ash down its slopes and forcing residents to finally flee, reluctantly, to safety.The volcano erupted just hours after Vice President Boediono visited its observation station and talked with evacuees, mostly elderly people and children, who have sheltered in makeshift tents since the volcano hit top alert status on Monday.Boediono, who was flanked by a number of ministers, warned of the possibility of a bigger eruption than the one in 2006. “The government fully supports the disaster mitigation programs of the Sleman regency administration and the rehabilitation program in the event of an eruption,” said Boediono, who also asked residents to ask the volcano’s guardian Mbah Maridjan to pray for their safety.Tuesday’s eruption claimed the life of a three-month-old baby, who passed away after experiencing respiratory problems. Two ...