Indonesia volcano spews searing ash after lull

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 31, 2010 12:32

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia — A deadly volcano  in Indonesia spewed another searing cloud of ash down its slopes Sunday, prompting panic and chaos among thousands of villagers who had taken advantage of a lull in activity to rush home and check on their livestock.

Sirens and loudspeakers blared, and panicked people jumped into rivers trying to escape the searing heat, while others sprinted down the mountain or sped off in cars and trucks, local disaster official Rusdiyanto said.

The three-minute blast sent hot gray ash tumbling down the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Merapi for about six miles (four kilometers), said Subandrio, an official with the volcano's monitoring agency.

The volcano has killed 38 people in the past week. It wasn't clear if there were any new casualties Sunday.


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