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2006-05-13 04:43:23

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia raised the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level on Saturday, prompting a compulsory evacuation of thousands of residents living on the slopes, officials said. "This morning we raised the status of Merapi to the top alert, which is the red code. Every resident has been ordered to evacuate," Subandrio, head of the Merapi section at the Center for Volcanological Research and Technology Development, told Reuters....

2006-05-13 02:25:00

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia raised the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level on Saturday, prompting a compulsory evacuation of thousands of residents living on the slopes, officials said. "This morning we raised the status of Merapi to the top alert, which is the red code. Every resident has been ordered to evacuate," Subandrio, head of the Merapi section at the Center for Volcanological Research and Technology Development, told Reuters. He said...

2006-05-13 01:25:00

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA -- Indonesia raised the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level on Saturday, prompting a compulsory evacuation of thousands of residents living on the slopes, officials said. "This morning we raised the status of Merapi to the top alert, which is the red code. Every resident has been ordered to evacuate," Subandrio, head of the Merapi section at the Center for Volcanological Research and Technology Development, told Reuters. He said lava had...

2006-05-04 23:35:00

By Diyan Jari JAKARTA (Reuters) - Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland. Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi -- or Fiery Mountain -- which has been simmering for weeks, but officials put the total number of residents on and near the country's most active volcano at around 14,000. Merapi killed 70 people in a 1994 eruption and 1,300 in...

2006-05-04 05:15:00

JAKARTA -- Lava flowed out of Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi on Thursday but it fell far away from inhabited areas on its slopes and at the foothills, a volcanologist said. Gunung Merapi, or Fiery Mountain, is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" that has been rumbling for weeks. But authorities have not yet raised the alert level from "2" to "1," which would require the immediate evacuation of people living under the volcano. "It started from 2 a.m. (1900...

2006-04-27 00:37:03

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - There is no immediate need to raise the alert status for Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi, despite magma moving higher inside the volcano, a leading vulcanologist said on Thursday. Merapi, which towers over the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, has been spewing thick smoke for two weeks and triggering scores of tremors. Government officials, including Yogyakarta sultan and provincial governor Hamengkubuwono X, have been urging residents to leave...

2006-04-25 01:50:00

By Beawiharta SLEMAN, Indonesia -- Java's towering Mount Merapi spews smoke, officials urge villagers to flee, but it is to animals on the slopes of the rumbling volcano that aged food kiosk owner Mrs. Atmorejo looks for a final warning of disaster. Government officials including Yogyakarta provincial governor Hamengkubuwono X, the Sultan of Yogyakarta, have urged residents to leave the foothills of the volcano which claimed more than 60 lives in 1994 and 1,300 in a 1930 eruption. But so far,...

2006-04-24 02:46:25

BOYOLALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of villagers are ignoring government warnings of an approaching eruption and staying put in their homes on the slopes of Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, officials said on Monday. The volcano, which claimed more than 60 lives 1994 and 1,300 in a 1930 eruption, has been spewing thick smoke for nearly a week. Vulcanologists say it may erupt at the end of the month, but many villagers fear losing property and livestock if they go. Some...

2006-04-18 12:52:28

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- The volcano that looms above his village is spewing smoke and lava, and scientists warn it could erupt anytime. But like many people farming the fertile slopes of Mount Merapi, Ismail says there is no need to panic. "Merapi is part of my life, as it is all of our lives around here," he said Tuesday, as the 9,700-foot mountain rumbled in the background. "We know nature, and we are not worrying." Volcanologists watching Merapi, in the heart of densely populated Java...

2006-04-18 03:27:30

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Many villagers living near a tremoring Indonesian volcano have ignored calls to evacuate and officials said on Tuesday local governments must be vigilant in prepare for the worst. Authorities have placed Mount Merapi, which overlooks the ancient city of Yogyakarta, on Orange Code, or the second highest alert level, following fears of an eruption due to an increase in the number of tremors. "We have tried to make people understand that danger is lurking and up...


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