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Jakarta Post

Hot scramble as Merapi rumbles for a third time

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, November 2 2010   /  09:13 am

Fleeing in panic: A schoolgirl flees after Mount Merapi‚Äôs eruption at 10:05 a.m. in Cangkringan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Monday. A continuous spew of ash and lava from the eruption prompted people living at the foot of the volcano to panic and flee to safer places. Antara/Wahyu PutroMount Merapi spewed out hot clouds of gas and ash again on Monday, the third time since it first erupted a week ago.Clouds of hot ash and gas billowed up to 1.5 kilometers into the atmosphere, before cascading  back down up to 4 kilometers around the slopes of Merapi, as booming explosions were heard, prompting residents to panic and rush for shelters.The latest eruption began around 10 a.m. and sent an uninterrupted stream of smoke clouds into the
air for 40 minutes, heading southward toward a nearby river in Sleman regency. The latest explosion took with it an estimated 2 million cubic meters of r...