New volcanic eruption sends Indonesians fleeing
New volcanic eruption sends Indonesians fleeing
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Nov 01, 2010
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Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted again Saturday, spewing hot ash clouds for more than 20 minutes followed by lava and sending nearly residents fleeing in panic for the second time in a week.

The volcano's rumblings were felt within a radius of 12 kilometers (7 miles), said Surono, head of the Indonesia Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency, in a report posted on the agency's website. Like many Indonesians, Surono uses only one name.

As the second eruption occurred shortly after midnight local time (1 p.m. Friday ET), thousands of evacuees already living in temporary shelters were moved farther away from the mountain.

"I was so scared," said Natya, 48. "I heard this loud sound from the volcano. We were told to get on a police truck. I was panicking."

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