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Indonesian volcano emits ash and lava

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Kali Kuning, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 29, 2010
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.

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Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts again
Sleman, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 28, 2010 - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano, which killed 32 people earlier this week, erupted again Thursday, spewing ash and deadly heat clouds, an official said.

Government volcanologist Surono said hot gas and ash spewed from the mouth of Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano.

"We registered a small volcanic tremor. The threats are still there," he said.

More than 50,000 people have moved into temporary shelters since Monday, when the government issued a red alert for Merapi, indicating that the "Mountain of Fire" could be about to erupt.

The next day a deadly series of massive eruptions left 32 people dead and blanketed nearby villages in searing ash.

Many of the victims were buried in a mass grave earlier Thursday.




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Indonesians eager to return to homes on volcano's slopes
Umbulharjo, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 27, 2010
Unfazed by the threat of being vaporised by lava, villagers were desperately trying to return home Wednesday to Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano, after eruptions killed 29 people. The 2,914-metre (9,616-foot) volcano near Yogyakarta in Central Java unleashed a series of violent eruptions on Tuesday, hurling molten rock, deadly heat clouds and fine ash across the neighbouring countryside. ... read more

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