Indonesian volcano slowing but not finished yet

November 12, 2010 12:39

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia — Hot ash poured more slowly from an Indonesian volcano Friday, but experts warned Mount Merapi could still erupt again as villagers reported that even rare leopards living near the crater have begun to evacuate.

In a reminder of the volcano's deadly power, the National Disaster Management Agency raised the death toll from a series of eruptions to 206 on Friday. That figure continues to edge upward as officials count those who have died from respiratory problems, heart attacks and other illnesses related to the blasts.

Mount Merapi began unleashing torrents of hot gas, rock and other debris more than two weeks ago after years of dormancy. The most significant blast came last Friday, the deadliest day at the mountain in decades.

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