Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The death toll of Merapi eruption rise to 25 (updated: 34)

The death toll of the Merapi eruption at Indonesia's Mount Merapi rose to 25 on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, while 14 people still under treatment from severe burns and more than 19,000 villagers were moved to temporary shelters.

Mount Merapi spewed searing gas and volcanic debris on 5pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010 destroyed the village of Kinahrejo and Kaliadem. The volcano observatory recorded that the eruption start around 5 pm. Six pyroclastic surges were recorded before roaring and explosive sound occured around 6pm, and then two more pyroclastic surges occurred until around 7pm. The volcanic ashes reaches as far as 200 km west of the volcano.

Though the activity currently decreased, the authorities said that readings suggested that it is possible that the current activity is only foreshadow of a much more destructive explosion in the coming weeks or months, thus the residents were advised to continue to remain in shelters. Many lives were saved after authorities ordered thousands of them to evacuate the danger zone, after raising the alert level into its maximum level on Monday.

Destroyed house and vehicle at Kinahrejo (Kompas)

Volunteers carry the bodies of those who died after Mount Merapi erupted. (Yahoo News)

Update (as of Friday, October 29, 2010): the death toll rose to 34, and 44,986 people are still remain in the evacuation shelter.


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