VOLCANO'S FUSE GROWS SHORT IN INDONESIA
Review by Asst.Prof. Manit Yodmuang
20,000 people have been urged to evacuate t
heir homes ahead of an "imminent" eruption of Indonesia's Mount Merapi. A lava dome forming at the peak of one of the nation's most dangerous and active volcanoes has triggered fresh concerns. Authorities are going door to door on Saturday to encourage residents to leave the densely populated slopes
More than 20,000 people will need to be evacuated to crowded shelters, one filled to three times its capacity, as experts predicted a massive eruption from one of Indonesia's most dangerous volcanoes. Mount Merapi has been rumbling for about a month, but an increase in lava flow in the past day has triggered concerns that a nasty eruption could be imminent.
Lava oozes Saturday from Indonesia's Mount Merapi as officials warn a deadly eruption could be imminent. Authorities put the region on highest alert and ordered thousands of residents near the mountain to evacuate. The mountain is about 250 miles (402 kilometers) southeast of the capital of Jakarta.
Smoke spews from the top of Mount Merapi on May 4 as motorists drive through Bebeng, a villagenear the city of Yogyakarta. The volcano, one of Indonesia's most active, has been rumbling for about a month.
Smoke billows hundreds of feet into the air on
May 5. Most people in the region are
and may be reluctant to leave their land.
Mount Merapi's peak glows with molten lava May
5. The volcano has been active for nearly
Clouds of gases and ash rise Monday from Mount Merapi's crater, brightened by the glow of lava.
Lava spills from Merapi's crater Saturday. The United Nations says an eruption could displace as many as 80,000 people, depending on which way the lava flows.
The volcano on the nearly 9,700-foot mountain shows no signs of slowing down on Tuesday. A lava dome has formed on the south side of the crater.