Indonesia: Less than 24 hours after the tsunami hit, Mount Merapi erupted on the island of Java, causing thousands to run away quickly in panic as it eructed searing clouds of ash and taking the lives of at least twenty-five people, including an infant.
Government volcanologist Surono said, “We heard three explosions around 6 pm spewing volcanic material as high as 1.5 kilometres and sending heat clouds down the slopes”.
Another twenty-five people have been killed after the volcano eruption, as the force of nature was unleashed in an area known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.
On Tuesday, Detikcom online news quoted a regent as saying, that 1,306 people are taking shelter due to the eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province.
The province’s Sleman Regent Sri Purnomo in his report to Vice President Boediono said, “As last night, there were 1,306 people taking refuge in emergency shelters”.
He said. “If all people (in the sub districts) are evacuated, then there will be 13,581 refugees while our emergency barracks could accommodate 13,800 people”.