Toll from volatile Indonesian volcano passes 240

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 14, 2010 07:29



Indonesia's most volatile volcano unleashed another cloud of searing gas as rescuers pulled more bodies from a village smothered a week ago by eruptions. The death toll from a series of blasts passed 240 on Sunday.




Saturday's blast followed a similar one the day before. No new deaths have been reported from the latest flows, which were well within the zone that has been evacuated.




The mountain has continuously spewed ash — and occasionally torrents of rock, gas and lava in dramatic eruptions — since it roared to life Oct. 26 after years of dormancy. But several days of reduced activity have prompted scientists to warn that the volcano remains dangerous and they are still registering tremors around it.



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