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2006-06-09 02:31:49

By Jalil Hamid YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Dozens of Indonesians prayed in the shadow of the rumbling Mount Merapi volcano on Friday as it spewed smoke, and a preacher urged people to remain calm. Mount Merapi, which had already been active for weeks when an earthquake struck the area on May 27, threw out enormous clouds of smoke on Thursday. Known locally as "shaggy goats" because of their shape and color, the clouds stretched further than before, sending panic-stricken...

2006-06-08 05:25:00

By Jalil Hamid YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's restive Mount Merapi threw out massive clouds of smoke on Thursday, sparking panic among villagers living close to the volcano not far from where an earthquake killed more than 5,700 people. But the region's leader downplayed the danger and vulcanologists said the increased emissions were not the massive eruption they have been expecting. Merapi, one of the most menacing volcanoes in the "Pacific Ring of Fire," has been spewing out hot gas...

2006-06-06 12:30:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has evacuated about 2,000 people from areas at risk from a volcano spewing hot gas and lava, and expects to move thousands more amid signs of increased activity from Mount Merapi, officials said on Tuesday. The volcano, on Indonesia's main island of Java and about 450 km (280 miles) east of the capital Jakarta, has been sporadically belching out toxic gases and lava for many weeks, with experts saying a major eruption might come at any time. "The lava has spread...

2006-06-06 05:10:42

By Jalil Hamid YOGYAKARTA (Reuters) - Dozens of aid trucks laden with rice remained blocked in government depots on Tuesday due to bureaucratic bottlenecks, angering Indonesian earthquake survivors struggling to rebuild their shattered lives. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, in the stricken Javanese city of Yogyakarta to oversee aid distribution, had said 200 trucks would start delivering rice to survivors on Tuesday. But as the day dragged on, 36 trucks full with rice remained in one...

2006-05-30 06:10:42

By Lewa Pardomuan MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's restive Mount Merapi remained a no-go zone on Tuesday after last weekend's deadly earthquake nearby, but the volcano was quieter and its revered "keeper" insisted no major eruption was imminent. Saturday's quake -- which killed more than 5,000 people and left more than 130,000 homeless in and around the ancient city of Yogyakarta -- initially heightened activity at Merapi. On Tuesday the erratic volcano was calmer...

2006-05-30 01:25:00

By Lewa Pardomuan BANTUL, Indonesia -- International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of an earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, but many victims complained vital aid was not reaching them. Planes carrying supplies from abroad reached the stricken region, while the airport at the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta, the main city in the affected area, re-opened to commercial traffic despite a heavily damaged terminal. U.N. officials say...

2006-05-22 23:35:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Some regions near Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi volcano are now considered safe although the alert level for the entire area is still at its highest, an official said on Tuesday. Merapi, located in the center of the country's main Java island, has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say a major eruption could come anytime. The area around it was placed on red alert on May 14, and villagers in the immediate vicinity told to evacuate to shelters. The subsequent...

2006-05-19 01:25:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - The spiritual keeper of Indonesia's Mount Merapi performed a midnight ritual walk around villages to calm the mountain as vulcanologists warn the country's most dangerous volcano could still massively erupt. Merapi, which means "Mountain of Fire," has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say a major eruption could come anytime. Last Saturday the area was placed on red alert and villagers in the immediate vicinity told to evacuate to...

2006-05-19 01:15:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- The spiritual keeper of Indonesia's Mount Merapi performed a midnight ritual walk around villages to calm the mountain as vulcanologists warn the country's most dangerous volcano could still massively erupt. Merapi, which means "Mountain of Fire," has been rumbling for weeks and scientists say a major eruption could come anytime. Last Saturday the area was placed on red alert and villagers in the immediate vicinity told to evacuate to shelters. A...

2006-05-18 00:40:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT METAPI, Indonesia -- Ignoring warnings a major eruption could come at anytime, Indonesian villagers were back in their homes on the slopes of the simmering Mount Merapi volcano on Thursday. The volcano shot a fresh large burst of hot gas clouds on Wednesday, but it did not stop residents of Kalibening village from leaving shelters and heading home to stay the night. "Yesterday, around 1,600 people decided to return here," village head Mukidad told Reuters. The hot gas...


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