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2006-05-17 23:50:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT METAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - 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...

2006-05-17 11:30:00

By Tomi Soetjipto YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano shot a new large burst of hot gas clouds into the air late on Wednesday, and there were reports of new ash falls, but activity remained below earlier levels. The clouds reached a length of about 3 km (about 2 miles), Subandrio, head of the Merapi section at the Center for Vulcanological Research and Technology Development, told Reuters. That compared with about 4 km on Monday, when Merapi had shown the most...

2006-05-17 00:35:00

By Tomi Soetjipto YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Lava flows and clouds of hot gas spouting from Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano dwindled on Wednesday, enabling evacuees to return to their farms and businesses and children to go back to their schools. Many planned to return to shelters in the evening, however, and vulcanologists continued to warn people to stay away from danger zones on the slopes of Merapi, one of the most menacing volcanoes in the "Pacific Ring of Fire." The mountain has been on...

2006-05-16 00:00:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- Lava streamed down the sides of Indonesia's mystical Mount Merapi on Tuesday, but the clouds of hot gas belching from the top were substantially smaller than the day before. Around the base of the mountain that some Indonesians consider sacred, thousands of residents went about their daily lives such as milking cows and collecting grass for feed despite warnings a major eruption could come anytime. Vulcanologists said Merapi was in its final...

2006-05-15 03:40:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted with clouds of hot gas and rained ash on surrounding areas on Monday, sending some nearby villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety. Gray ash covered crop fields and hundreds of rooftops in the area of Ketep, 10 km (six miles) from the base of the mountain, and many houses appeared deserted after residents evacuated. Not everyone was gone. Some people cleaned ash off their houses and...

2006-05-14 23:44:49

By Tomi Soetjipto KETEP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano exploded with clouds of hot gas and ash rain early on Monday, sending some villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety. Gray ash covered some vegetation and rooftops in the area of Ketep, 10 kms (six miles) from the base of the mountain, and many houses appeared deserted after residents evacuated. Not everyone was gone, however. Some people cleaned ashes off their houses and others...

2006-05-14 22:18:24

By Tomi Soetjipto YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed hot clouds and ash rain early on Monday, a volcanologist said, but there was no confirmation of reports of fresh lava flows. Yogyakarta Administration Secretary Bambang Susanto had earlier told Elshinta news radio that, according to information he had received, the mountain "exploded" in the pre-dawn hours with lava and hot ash. However, Ratmono Purbo, the head of the volcanology center in...

2006-05-14 20:44:11

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed lava and hot ash early on Monday, a regional official said, but a volcanologist said he had no confirmation of the report. Yogyakarta Administration Secretary Bambang Susanto told Elshinta news radio that, according to information he had received, the mountain "exploded" in the pre-dawn hours. However, senior government volcanologist Ahmad Dali told Reuters by telephone from the volcanology coordinating center in Bandung...

2006-05-14 09:15:04

By Tomi Soetjipto PURWOBINAGUN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Dozens of Indonesian villagers returned to their homes on the slopes of Mount Merapi briefly on Sunday despite an official order to evacuate over concerns the dangerous volcano could soon erupt. Indonesia raised the alert status of Merapi to the highest level, also known as code red or danger status, on Saturday, although experts say they cannot predict when it will erupt. Thick clouds of charcoal gray smoke billowed periodically...

2006-05-13 22:25:00

By Tomi Soetjipto PURWOBINAGUN, Indonesia -- Dozens of Indonesian villagers tried to return to their homes on the slopes of Mount Merapi on Sunday after authorities ordered thousands to evacuate, saying the dangerous volcano could soon erupt. Indonesia raised the alert status of Merapi to the highest level, also known as code red or 'danger' status, on Saturday, although experts say they cannot predict when it will erupt. Thick clouds of charcoal gray smoke billowed periodically from the...


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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
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