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Oct312010

Indonesian Volcano Spews Ash

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Indonesia's Mt. Merapi ended its temporary lull, spewing hot ash into the sky and down over the surrounding area.  The volcano has killed at least 38 people in its latest eruption, which began on Tuesday.

Sunday's activity caught many off guard.  Some of the 50,000 people who had evacuated the area around Mt. Merapi had returned to survey the damage. 

Indonesia is struggling to recover from a tsunami sparked by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 450 people in some of the remote islands.  It sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where a series of faultlines makes the earth prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 

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