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Deadly Merapi’s terrible aspect

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Der Spiegel has an article on Merapi, the volcano in Indonesia which has caused till today the evacuation of 160,000 people and has killed at least 122. The article is accompanied by pictures of the eruption and the devastation Merapi has so far caused.

A view from a domestic flight from Denpasar to Yogyakarta that was subsequently diverted to Surabaya airport shows a plume of gas and ash billowing some 10 km (six miles) high from the Mount Merapi volcano during an eruption on November 4, 2010. Volcanologists said the "high intensity" eruption was the strongest yet from the 2,914-metre (9,616-foot) Mount Merapi. Indonesia's most active volcano Merapi, located in Central Java province is a sacred landmark in Javanese culture whose name translates as "Mountain of Fire." AFP PHOTO / CLARA PRIMA

Mount Merapi erupts as seen from Deles village, Klaten, Indonesia, 01 November 2010. Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on the morning of 01 November, sending a plume of ash and smoke about 3,500 metres into the air. EPA/ADI WEDA +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Volcanic ash fall from Mount Merapi covers Yogyakarta city on November 5, 2010. At least 54 people were killed and dozens injured Friday when Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted again, burning villages as far as 18 kilometres (11 miles) away, officials said. The latest deaths bring the total toll to more than 90 since the country's most active volcano started erupting on October 26. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - NOVEMBER 05: Refugees are seen at temporary evacuation centre following another eruption of Mount Merapi on November 5, 2010, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The eruption claimed the life of at least one man and injured several others from a village on the slope of the volcano that was not evacuated. Over 70,000 people have now been evaculated with the danger zone being extended again to over 20km as the volcano continues to spew ash and volcanic material. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Vendor sells facemasks for protection from the ashes of Mount Merapi in a street Yogyakarta, Indonesia 05 November 2010. At least 48 people were killed and 66 seriously injured Friday by clouds of searing ash and lava from the latest eruptions of Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano, hospital staff said. In the nearby city of Yogyakarta, Sardjito General Hospital spokesman Trisno Heru Nugroho said at least 48 bodies and 66 injured people had been brought in from the disaster zone. EPA/ADI WEDA +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Written by makanaka

November 6, 2010 at 16:40

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