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At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts YOGYAKARTA - One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Kresno Heru Nugroho, head spokesman for Yogyakarta's Sardjito hospital, said 28 people had been killed by bursts of hot air released by the volcano late on Tuesday. His colleague, Endita Sri Andrianti, said some people were burned beyond recognition. "We are still collecting details to identify them. Most of them were burned to death," she told, adding that 14 villagers had suffered burn injuries.

She was unable to confirm local media reports that among the dead was the elderly spiritual guardian of the mountain, Mbah Maridjan, believed by many Javanese to possess magical powers. Many of victims had been found in or around the spiritual leader's house in the village of Kinahredjo, close to the volcano's crater, local media reported.

Picture of a car parked on the side of the road, covered in ash from the Mount Merapi volcano which erupted violently yesterday, killing at least 28 people.
Picture of a car parked on the side of the road, covered in ash from the Mount Merapi volcano which erupted violently yesterday, killing at least 28 people.



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Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Tears and prayers for the victims of double tragedy in Solo and Mentawai areas. Why does Indonesia, a paradise of nice people have to suffer the wrath of mother nature year after year? Notwithstanding, they will always be my favorite country & people to visit, film and photograph. Emoticon: Sadley



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(Edited) Posted @ 27 October 2010 12:47

According to the moslim hardliners this is the wrath of God which descends on the community because of her immoral behavior; a disgusting comment and opinion. It is already a nightmare and bad enough for the victims without these religious zealots and idiots overhere.
Nice touch is that today the publishing of the annual list of corruption by Transparency International shows that theocratic Islamic-ruled countries do have one of the worst scores on the list of most corrupt countries. Faith in Allah/God seems not to helps so much to moral decay, hehehe: Allah U'akbar (and believe in materialism).

Anyway, it's tragic; especially the tragedy on the Mentawai islands.



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(Edited) Posted @ 30 October 2010 02:56

This morning I saw on television an Indonesian MP-member with the opinion that the impact of the disasters (tsunami, volcanic eruption) was the residents own fault if they decided to live along the coastline or on the slopes of a volcano. Unfortunately I didn't notice which political party he's a member of.



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