Indonesia’s Volcano Mount Merapi Erupts Again


UK Today News: Indonesia’s Volcano Mount Merapi Erupts Again

Indonesia’s presently active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted again on Friday, October 29, 2010, and sent plumes of ash almost 5000 feet into the air. Weather reporter James Reynolds reported that the volcanic ash started gliding down at around 10:00 am (local time).

The volcano had erupted a few days ago as well and as many as 32 deaths were reported, but the latest eruption has no fresh reports of casualties or injuries so far. The region is once again experiencing an evacuation process of people who had a few days ago relocated. Evacuation shelters have been set up for people who reside close to Mount Merapi.

The initial eruption claimed the life of Mount Merapi’s gate keeper, Maradjin. He worked there for the past twenty years. During an interview in the year 2006, Maradjin had said, “Merapi is a house of spirits, which also means a living mountain. When Merapi emits smoke, we have to be respectful.”

Mount Merapi is situated in the north of the city of Yogyakarta and this mountain is one of the active volcanoes in Indonesia.

In related news, the death toll of Indonesia’s tsunami has reached 400, with rescue operations presently underway.