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Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption

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                                Hot cloud of volcanic materials ran down the slope of Mount Merapi during an eruption in Sleman, Wednesday. Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 4,900 feet down its slopes.

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    Hot cloud of volcanic materials ran down the slope of Mount Merapi during an eruption in Sleman, Wednesday. Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 4,900 feet down its slopes.

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                                Hot lava ran down from the crater of Mount Merapi, partially seen behind a mosque in Sleman, Indonesia, late Tuesday. The country’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 4,900 feet down its slopes.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Hot lava ran down from the crater of Mount Merapi, partially seen behind a mosque in Sleman, Indonesia, late Tuesday. The country’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 4,900 feet down its slopes.

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia >> Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing nearly 10,000 feet down its slopes. No casualties were reported.

The sounds of the eruption could be heard 18 miles away, officials said. It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.

She said the volcano’s lava dome is growing rapidly, causing hot lava and gas clouds to flow down its slopes.

After morning rain, the ashfall turned into muck in several villages. More than 150 people, mostly elderly, living within 3 miles of the crater were evacuated to barracks set up for displaced people.

Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts but most have since returned.

The alert is being maintained at the second-highest level and authorities told people to stay out of an existing danger zone around the crater.

The 9,737-foot volcano is on densely populated Java island near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.

Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of seismic fault lines around the ocean.

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