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The Indonesian volcano that has killed 33 people this week is erupting again but no new injuries or damage have been reported, officials said.
The latest rumblings of Mount Merapi come as rescuers cope with a rising death toll from a tsunami in another part of the sprawling archipelago nation.

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Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years.
Up to 20 people were injured by hot ash spewed from Mount Merapi, said an AP reporter who witnessed them being taken away for treatment.

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Indonesia's most volatile volcano is erupting, spewing plumes of hot ash and hurling rocks into the air, volcanologists say.
Officials say Mount Merapi, in central Java, began erupting just before dusk on Tuesday.

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Indonesian villagers refuse to leave volcano zone

Residents have been told to evacuate to safer areas
Indonesia's vice-president has arrived close to the site of the country's most volatile volcano to inspect refugee camps set up for villagers in the area.
Indonesia has issued a red alert - the highest level - for Mount Merapi on the island of Java.

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Indonesia has raised the alert for its most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, to its highest level and warned villagers in threatened areas to move to safer ground.
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Merapi Access Shut on Eruption Fear

All routes to Mount Merapi were closed to the public on Friday as the alert status of one of the most active volcanoes in the world was raised to "standby," just one level below a full-blown eruption.
All residents on the slopes of the mountain have been advised to say outside an eight-kilometer radius from the peak following the issuance of the latest alert status on Thursday evening.

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Merapi is a natural-born killer. Rising almost 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) over forests and fields, it ranks among the world's most active and dangerous volcanoes. Its very name means "fire mountain." An eruption in 1930 killed more than 1,300; even in less deadly times, plumes drift menacingly from the peak. Some of the surrounding area, warns a local hazards map, is "frequently affected by pyroclastic flows, lava flows, rockfalls, toxic gases and glowing ejected rock fragments." As the volcano's rumbling crescendoed in May 2006, thousands fled the fertile slopes and settled reluctantly into makeshift camps at lower, safer altitudes. Even the resident monkeys descended in droves.

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Like a dark storm cloud on the horizon, an earthquake can be a harbinger of bad news. A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that quakes can trigger volcanic activity. Knowledge about how and why such events occur could help predict impending eruptions, warn populations, and potentially save thousands of lives.
Both earthquakes and volcanoes arise from deep within Earth's surface. Quakes are caused by collisions between tectonic plates floating on Earth's mantle, which is home to the lava that volcanoes spew. It's perhaps not surprising then that the two geological events could be linked. Indeed, several events over the past century have provided fodder for the theory. In 1975, for example, Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano erupted less than an hour after an earthquake struck a few kilometres away. Similarly, Chile's Cordon Caulle volcano blew its top 2 days after a major earthquake that was centred 240 kilometres away.
Still, there was no direct scientific evidence that quakes spark volcanoes.

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Lava flows on the 7th August.

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Indonesia's mount Merapi spewed out lavas streams stretching over a maximum distance of 1.5 km toward Gendol River, on the volcano's southern slope, on Friday According to Panut, an officer at the Kaliurang observation post, Sleman District, Yogyakarta Province.
In the first six hours of Friday, Mount Merapi produced a total of 32 lavas streams, and 47 streams during Thursday morning.
Under the current "alert" status, the 2,965-meter-high volcano is off-limits to hikers, farmers and sand miners within a radius of six kilometres from the top, and 300 meters from the banks of the Krasak, Boyong, Sat and Gendol rivers.


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