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Volcano's Massive Eruption Heard 125 Miles Away

100K flee as ash clouds Indonesia

(Newser) - A major volcanic eruption on Indonesia's most heavily populated island blasted clouds of ash and debris 12 miles into the air today, killing two people while forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close six airports. The explosive overnight eruption of Java island's Mount Kelud, one... More »

Indonesia Volcano Erupts, Kills 14

Mount Sinabung eruption comes just after government let residents return

(Newser) - An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleashed a major eruption today, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of evacuated villagers to return to its slopes. Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher... More »

19K Evacuated Amid Indonesia Volcano Eruption

Panic follows latest blast, but no one reported hurt

(Newser) - A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky has let out a new, powerful burst, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers, officials said. Nine eruptions have sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung... More »

Culprit Found in 13th-Century Eruption That Rocked Earth

Polar traces indicate Indonesian volcano

(Newser) - An eruption in 1257—the biggest in the last 3,700 years—was so vast that it left its mark at opposite ends of the Earth and exacted a profound short-term impact on the climate, including a "year without a summer." Its chemical signature appears in Arctic as... More »

Biggest Blast Yet Rocks Indonesia Volcano

(Newser) - A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption yet today, spewing hot ash and smoke thousands of feet into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi island, has been dormant... More »

Thousands Flee as Indonesia Volcano Erupts

No casualties reported after Mount Lokon explodes

(Newser) - Indonesia's Mount Lokon volcano suddenly blew its top yesterday, sending thousands of panicked residents fleeing down its slopes as ash, sand and rocks were thrown 5,000 feet in the air. Three powerful eruptions occurred in three hours, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, AP reports. Police... More »

Obama Likely to Cut Indonesia Trip Short

He may not get to deliver key speech because of volcano

(Newser) - Barack Obama will likely be forced to shorten what was already supposed to be a brief trip to his one-time home of Indonesia, thanks to the eruption of Mount Merapi. The trip was originally supposed to be a 24-hour affair, running from midday today to midday tomorrow, but now Obama’... More »

Indonesians Flee Still-Rumbling Volcano

Death toll hits 141, Merapi could blow again

(Newser) - Indonesians are scrambling to get out of Mount Merapi's way today, as the death toll reached 141 and the volcano continued to belch gas clouds and threaten to erupt again at any moment. Overloaded trains carried twice their normal passengers out of the 400,000-strong city of Yogyakarta, some 20... More »

Indonesia Volcano Death Toll Doubles

Searing gas cloud kills dozens in 'safe zone'

(Newser) - Blistering gas from Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed farther than expected today, incinerating houses at the edge of the danger zone, triggering chaotic evacuations and pushing the death toll above 100. Soldiers joined overnight rescue operations in a village 9 miles from the crater of Mount Merapi, pulling at least... More »

Indonesia Volcano Erupts Again

Death toll from Mount Merapi hits 44 as people again evacuate

(Newser) - Towering clouds of hot ash gushed from the mouth of Indonesia's deadly Mount Merapi today, forcing motorists in cities 20 miles away to use their headlights in broad daylight and raising concerns about aviation safety. The death toll climbed to 44. As rocks and ash rained from the sky, soldiers... More »

Indonesia Evacuates After New Volcano Blast

One woman killed fleeing most powerful eruption so far

(Newser) - Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi powerfully spewed smoke and ash into the air again today, killing one and forcing the military to evacuate the mountain's slope—in some cases, the AP notes, forcibly dragging screaming villagers away as the nation dealt with the latest natural disaster. The 21-minute eruption was followed... More »

Tsunami, Volcano Kill 130 in Indonesia

Thousands flee erupting Java volcano

(Newser) - Twin disasters caused by activity in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" have killed at least 130 people in Indonesia. A tsunami triggered by an earthquake has killed more than 100 in an island chain west of Sumatra. Hundreds more villagers are missing. On the island of Java, the Mount... More »

Indonesian Volcano Erupts Again

Thirty thousand evacuated so far

(Newser) - The Indonesian volcano that erupted for the first time in 400 years yesterday blew again today, forcing 30,000 people to evacuate. Clouds of hot ash shot more than a mile into the air, the AP reports , causing some domestic airplanes to be diverted and local residents to don masks... More »

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