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Indonesia evacuates thousands

Indonesian officials are evacuating thousands more people as the Mount Merapi volcano erupted again Tuesday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia | June 7, 2006

Indonesian officials are evacuating thousands more people as the Mount Merapi volcano erupted again Tuesday.

Officials evacuated more than 3,000 residents near the volcano and the city of Yogyakarta Wednesday. Mount Merapi, on the island of Java, started spewing lava and ash plumes again Tuesday after having rumbled and erupted multiple times in the past several months. More than 23,000 people have been evacuated from the area since the first red alert was raised three weeks ago.

Emergency officials worry that the volcano's lava dome will collapse and cause a more violent eruption with large lava flows and fast-moving clouds of poisonous gas.

The activity at the 9,800-foot peak has increased since a major 6.2 magnitude earthquake on May 27.

Mount Merapi is one of 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia. It last erupted in 1994, killing 60 people.


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