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Indonesia volcano erupts again; kills at least 14

Indonesia Volcano Erupts
MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleased a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions up close, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. At least three other people were injured, and authorities feared the death toll would rise.

Sinabung in western Sumatra has been erupting for four months, sending lava and searing gas and rocks rolling down its southern slopes. Authorities had evacuated more than 30,000 people, housing them in cramped tents, schools and public buildings. Many have been desperate to return to check on homes and farms, presenting a dilemma for the government.

On Friday, authorities allowed nearly 14,000 people living outside a five-kilometer (three-mile) danger zone to return home after volcanic activity decreased. Others living close to the peak have been returning to their homes over the past four months despite the dangers.

On Saturday, a series of huge blasts and eruptions thundered from the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high volcano, sending lava and pyroclastic flows up to 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) away, Nugroho said. Television footage showed villages, farms and trees around the volcano covered in thick gray ash.

Following the eruption, all those who had been allowed to return home Friday were ordered back into evacuation centers.

"The death toll is likely to rise as many people are reported still missing and the darkness hampered our rescue efforts," said Lt. Col. Asep Sukarna, who led the operation to retrieve the charred corpses some three kilometers (two miles) from the volcano's peak.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia and has sporadically erupted since September.

In 2010, 324 people killed over two months when Indonesia's most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, roared into life. As now in Sinabung, authorities struggled to keep people away from the mountain. Scientists monitor Merapi, Sinabung and other Indonesian volcanos nonstop, but predicting their activity with any accuracy is all but impossible.

The latest eruptions came just a week after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited displaced villagers in Sinabung and pledged to relocate them away from the mountain. Villagers are attracted to the slopes of volcanoes because the eruptions make for fertile soil.

Sinabung's last major eruption was in August 2010, when it killed two people. Prior to that it had been quite for four centuries.


Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.

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grapeguy123 February 02 2014 at 5:02 PM

I was in Packwood WA. when Mt St Helens blew of its top. Very Frightening! At the time I thought the forests had been desimated by the Ash (3 inches deep). Fortunately the ash acts as a soil builder: many good nutrients. If you ever get the chance visit the Mt St. Helens Visitor Center. Well worth the time.

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cleds70 February 02 2014 at 4:54 PM

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finding out who Christ is
is as simple as asking him to
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LordsWayMinistry February 02 2014 at 4:42 PM

Things are just going to get worse and worse! The timing is right on and is always right on with God! Its going by the book as Johnny Cash wrote it in His song of the same title check it out! While your checking things out go to my sight and check out what the Lord gave me to write about the times we are living in at http://garylordsway.wordpress.com. Just as the prophecies of old are for their time in which they lived they are for us as well because our God changes not, Mal.3:6 and what is not acceptable them is not acceptable today as well! Therefore we need to do as the Apostle John wrote to us in the book of Revelation, seen in Rev.2:5 Repent and do the first works we were told to do or perish with all none believers; just that simple! The door is about to close forever, His grace is about to be sealed up and those who are on the outside of that door are going to be saying "My God My God why have you forsaken me?" Jesus knew exactly what He was doing up on that cross and why He was there; those words of His were prophetic; because Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy seen in Rev.19:10, which is the Spirit of Grace and Truth seen in Jn.1:17 and unless we have His divine Spirit residing in us we are none of His yet still; see Ro.8:9!

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cleds70 February 02 2014 at 4:39 PM

the denial of Hell aint goin to make it any cooler
one can argue Hell on this side of Hell,
but Hell will resolve it's existence
choose carefully
while you still have time today

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bjredmond64 February 02 2014 at 4:22 PM

funny how the earth seems to be following bible prophecy. His return is closer than we think. the earth is travailing for it.

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abupaul February 02 2014 at 4:25 PM

No, the earth isn't heading for anything any religious texts say. The worst earthquake and eruption in recorded history were around 200 years ago. This eruption is nothing compared to those, and neither are any other recent ones.

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avl14 February 02 2014 at 4:00 PM

I do believe this would be on the very top of a list of places I would NOT build a house

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Richard February 02 2014 at 2:45 PM

We haven't seen anything yet. Wait for the big one at Yellowstone National Part, and the New Madrid on the west side of Tennessee to make their presence known. Now that will be a US. and World game changer. I still feel sorrow for those affected by this latest event though.

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johnclairowens February 02 2014 at 3:30 PM

That one, you probably will not survive

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bjredmond64 February 02 2014 at 4:24 PM

look towards the eastern sky...His trumpet is about to blow.

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tbplayer44 February 02 2014 at 2:44 PM

How much Carbon was released into the atmosphere that Global Warming enthusiasts will blame on American use of Fossil Fuels? Or will they blame it on Fracking...??? HAARP?

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Irish February 02 2014 at 2:26 PM

How sad! It should be anounced of future eruptions and that be said to 'keep your distance' !

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rvheaney February 02 2014 at 2:22 PM

Now where did I put that big cork ?

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Applez64 February 02 2014 at 2:38 PM

14 people were killed, maybe more- did you miss that part?

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ronaldwstanley February 02 2014 at 4:04 PM

Are you the guy in the picture looking under the tarp for the cork lol. Good one!

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