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Mount Merapi unleashes again


Much like this volcano, Mount Merapi has been shooting searing gas.
Much like this volcano, Mount Merapi has been shooting searing gas.

Jill Colton, staff writer

November 13, 2010 — Another cloud of searing gas exploded from Mount Merapi on Saturday, raising the death toll to 240.

Residents shovel thick ash hardened from Mount Merapi.
Residents shovel thick ash hardened from Mount Merapi.

Indonesia's most volatile volcano is at it again.

On Saturday, Mount Merapi blasted more searing gas into the atmosphere as rescuers pulled more bodies from a village already smothered by eruptions from a week ago.

The mountain has been continuously spewing dense ash clouds, and occasionally torrents of rock, gas and lava in a dramatic fashion after years of dormancy.

Tremors were still registered around the volcano and scientists warned that it remained dangerous prior to the recent eruption.

With the latest blast, it was reported that a hot lava cloud seeped as far as three kilometers from the crater on Saturday. Scientists from all over the world are travelling to Indonesia to study the date from Merapi and figure out what the fickle volcano will do next.

Thick ash from Merapi has blanketed villages near the volcano.
Thick ash from Merapi has blanketed villages near the volcano.

Merapi is the most active in Indonesia, and the country is prone to seismic activity given its location on the 'Ring of Fire,' a horseshoe shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.

Around 240 people have died as a result of the volcano either from respiratory problems, heart attacks and other blast-related illnesses.

Rescue workers continue to search for those missing underneath a thick layer of ash. On Friday, soldiers pulled eight more bodies from around one hard-hit village.

With files from The Associated Press

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