Merapi continues to erupt

by Carolyn Gramling
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi sent another powerful blast of searing ash and rock into the sky again on Wednesday, marking the volcano's most powerful eruptions since it began erupting again on Oct. 26.

The volcano’s periodic eruptions over the last week have so far killed 38 people, mostly due to burns, according to the Associated Press. The volcano's activity Nov. 3 prompted the evacuation of thousands of people living within a 15-kilometer radius around the smoking crater.

Merapi is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. After five years of relative quiet, the volcano returned to life in 2006.

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