Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Triple Natural Disasters Rock Indonesia

Indonesia has been rocked by a major earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruptions in a triple display of nature's power. Villages near Mount Merapi are being urged to evacuate over the potential for a significant eruption. Scientists are concerned that a major eruption could threaten more than 11,000 people living nearby.
A 2-month old baby reportedly died as panicked villagers fled the area.

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.

Some 11,400 villagers who live on the 9,737-foot (2,968-metre) -high mountain were urged to evacuate, but only those with four miles (seven kilometers) of the crater were forced by authorities to do so. Most of those who fled were the elderly and children. Some adults said they decided to stay to tend to homes and farms on the fertile slopes.

Private MetroTV reported that the baby died when a mother ran in panic after the eruption started. Its report cited a local doctor and showed the mother weeping as the baby was covered with white blanket at a hospital. The report did not make clear if it was a boy or girl.
That comes after a major 7.5 earthquake rocked the coast near Sumatra, setting off a tsunami. At least 100 were killed and hundreds more were missing when the tsunami swept through the coastal areas. Several major aftershocks were reported above magnitude 6.

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