06 June, 2006

Indonesia Volcano Lava Dome Raises Eruption Concerns (Update2)

une 6 (Bloomberg) -- The lava dome on Indonesia's Mount Merapi is increasing, raising concerns the volcano will erupt and add to the chaos in central Java after last month's earthquake that killed more than 5,800 people.

Mount Merapi, which is about 60 kilometers (35 miles) from the center of the May 27 earthquake near the city of Yogyakarta, emitted more gas, lava and ash in recent days, Agus Sampurno, an officer at the Volcano Development and Research center in Yogyakarta, said in a phone interview. Officials evacuated 11,000 villagers as Merapi shot out lava, the Associated Press reported today, citing district official Edy Susanto.

Merapi, considered the country's most dangerous volcano, has been on the brink of an eruption for almost a month. The potential for Merapi to erupt is diverting resources and manpower from Indonesian authorities and aid agencies already struggling to provide supplies and medical aid for quake survivors.

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