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Panic after renewed eruption of Mount Merapi volcano YOGYAKARTA - Panic broke out among the population after the most recent large eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano late in the evening. The chaos caused traffic problems in which at least two people died. A spokesperson of the Red Cross has confirmed this.

According to the spokesperson the eruption of Thursday was so large, that the extended danger zone had to be extended once more, now until a 20 kilometer radius around the summit of the volcano. The lava now reaches as far as into the city limits of the city of Yogyakarta. The Merapi has continued to be active ever since the first eruption last week.

Refugee camps were already replaced earlier this week, but have to be replaced once more. In total there are some 70,000 people taking shelter in several camps around the volcano. The Red Cross is helping with this renewed evacuation. It will also assist in helping wounded people getting to local hospitals.

The flow of people with heavy burns and respiratory problems is so large that the university hospital in the city has said that it could no longer accept new passengers. Since last week, dozens of people have been killed by eruptions of the volcano. The 2,914-meter-high volcano is known as one of the most active volcano's in the world.


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 02:45 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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