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2006-06-12 00:48:22

By Adi Kurniawan MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi could be downgraded from its top alert status soon as the volcano has spewed less hot gas and molten lava in recent days, an expert said on Monday. Merapi -- in central Java near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, 440 km (270 miles) east of Jakarta -- is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire." It has been threatening a major eruption for weeks, forcing the...

2006-06-11 01:28:01

By Jalil Hamid MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - In the shadow of Mount Merapi, a 30-year-old woman selling snacks to tourists visiting the rumbling Indonesian volcano says business has never been this bad. Tourists who once thronged the area are too frightened to trek to Babadan, one of Merapi's observation points, just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the peak of the restive mountain. "I used to get 100 customers during weekends, but it's too quiet now," said Ngatini, a mother of two,...

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...

2006-06-08 03:35:32

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level on one of its most active volcanoes and warned residents on Thursday to stay away from the mountain after its crater belched ash clouds. Bulusan volcano in central Philippines spewed ash nearly 2 km (1 mile) high, prompting authorities to raise the alert level to 2 from 1 ordered in March when ash first began flowing from its crater. "We are seeing an increasing frequency of ash explosions," Renato Solidum, director of the...

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 05:15:00

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia -- International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of the earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, but many victims complained that vital aid was not reaching them. Planes carrying supplies and foreign experts, including Japanese paramedics and a small contingent of U.S. Marines, reached the stricken region to supplement government aid and workers. The paramedics and Marines landed at the airport at the...

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...

2006-05-28 06:25:00

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 3,300. Up to 20,000 had been injured and more than 100,000 have been left homeless, UNICEF (the U.N. Children's Fund) spokesman John Budd told Reuters, but he said figures were still sketchy. "Nobody really knows for sure simply because a lot of people were...


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