Skip to comments.Indonesian volcano spews lava, hot clouds - Mount Merapi
Posted on 06/03/2006 2:33:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
BANTUL, Indonesia - The Mount Merapi volcano spewed lava and hot clouds Saturday and a strong aftershock hit the region, sending fear rippling through the southern Indonesian area devastated by an earthquake only a week ago.
The mountain's lava dome has swelled in the past week to 330 feet, raising fears that it could collapse, said Subandriyo, a government scientist who uses one name. That could release a highly dangerous pyroclastic flow a fast-moving burst of high-temperature gases and rock fragments that burns anything in its path.
More than a thousand aftershocks have hit the region since the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn May 27, killing at least 6,234 people and injuring 30,000 more. Officials estimate that 135,000 homes were destroyed.
Scientists say the quake may have contributed to a weakening of the lava dome.
Most aftershocks have been weak, but one overnight Saturday jolted survivors awake.
"I picked up my nephew and ran out of the house. It was very strong," said Yudi, who like many Indonesians uses one name. There were no reports of damage from the quake, measured at magnitude 3.4.
Worried villagers in recent days have performed rituals aimed at warding off an eruption. On Thursday, the mountain's royally appointed spiritual guardian, "Mbah" Maridjan, led a silent procession of 100 people three times around a village near the volcano.
Most of the estimated 647,000 people left homeless are living in makeshift shelters often just plastic tarps to ward off tropical downpours and the hot sun with no toilets or running water.
Thirty more U.S. military medical personnel arrived Saturday, and were followed by a 135-member medical team from Cuba with two field hospitals. Medical teams already have arrived from Singapore, Japan, Iraq, Malaysia, Qatar and Pakistan.
The United Nations issued an urgent appeal Friday for $103 million to pay for the recovery effort over the next six months with about half of that for rebuilding homes. Aid workers have yet to reach some remote areas, and delivery of food, medicine and tents has been sporadic in others.
More than 50 people were staying Saturday in two large empty chicken coops in Pentong in Bantul district. Flies buzzed everywhere, and children played barefoot on bamboo slats encrusted with chicken droppings.
The British medical aid agency Merlin said it was concerned that the villagers could catch bird flu or salmonella, and it appealed for more tents for survivors.
Bird flu cases have rocketed in Indonesia in the past month, with some occurring in districts surrounding the quake zone. At least 38 Indonesians have died.
Parji, the 60-year-old owner of one of the coops, told The Associated Press that he was not afraid of bird flu.
"There is a slight smell from the dung, but I look after the health of my birds. I am certain there is no bird flu here," he said.
Two earthquake survivors committed suicide Friday, one by hanging and the other by jumping down a well, Bantul police chief Lt. Col. Dedy Munazat said. Both men had lost their homes in the quake.
Government officials said 380 people who had complained of dizziness and severe stomach pains after eating donated food Thursday were apparently suffering from post-trauma stress. The villagers were treated at four hospitals and laboratory tests found the food was safe, the national disaster agency said.
The massive relief effort comes as Indonesia is still trying to rebuild from the 2004 tsunami, which killed 131,000 people in western Aceh province alone.
Mount Merapi releases hot cloud of gas and debris as seen from Cangkringan near Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, June 3, 2006. Activity increased Saturday at Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanos, with repeated bursts of red-hot lava, hot gases and clouds of ash, an official said. (AP Photo/Purwowiyoto)
Smoking! : People look at a heat cloud on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano near to its magma dome in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (AFP/Olivier Laban-Mattei)
Merapi volcano spews smoke among thick cloud seen from the air in Yogyakarta. The United Nations says it will intensify its efforts to deliver aid to survivors of last week's quake in Indonesia, saying it was in a "race against time" to reach the most needy(AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)
Okay......is that photo shop? Why in the world would anyone venture that close to a smoking volcano.
Can we say "C R A Z Y"?
volcanologists . ;-)
Bush's fault! (Grin!)
A worker cleans a sand trap at Merapi Golf Course as Mount Merapi, background, releases hot cloud of gas in Cangkringan near Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, June 3, 2006. Activity increased Saturday at the world's most active volcanos, with repeated bursts of red-hot lava, hot gases and clouds of ash, an official said. (AP Photo/Purwowiyoto)
.....Worried villagers in recent days have performed rituals aimed at warding off an eruption....
elders are worried however, an absence of sacrifical virgins means the rituals have not been performad as in days of yore. It seems all the virdins are now in Paradise tending to suicide bombers.
Those people do not need tents. They need U-Hauls to un@ss the area. If we give them food and tents, we will be blamed when they get vaporized. They need to leave. How come all of the Islamic nations are not helping them? Oh yeah, it's the will of allah for the people to be destitute and hopeless while the elites live high on the hog.
Some unusual rituals they got thereabouts!
A little islamic humor there, eh?
Actually, I tend to think of this as a sort Darwinian selection process, during which those too stupid to move a way from an active volcano get moved to the very shallow end of the gene pool.
Completely and totally off the wall. No facts, no geology, no geography, no social data, no economic data, no nothing.
I wonder how much CO, CO2, HCL,NOx, heavy metals, etc are being put into this atmosphere by this volcano.
Obviously the volcano isn't obeying the Kyoto Protocol.
Is it just me, or does God really have it out for Indonesia?
Tsunami, earthquakes, bird flu, volcano, what's next?
Yep. Just an obvious ploy to extort more money from the civilized world. I do not buy it. If they need umpteen $Million, they need to talk to the Saudi's and the UAE. Maybe Mexico can send some of their Marines.
Locusts, frogs, first-born sons?
>>>>>"Tsunami, earthquakes, bird flu, volcano, what's next?"<<<<
Enter AL GORE... (Jaws theme music)
Don't forget darkness and gnats.
I hope he was working with a telescopic lens
If this were happening in the Western, Christian world you can bet your ass that some frothing at the mouth Mullah would be out there shooting off his rabid, bearded mouth shouting that Allah was punishing the infidels for thinking that Mohammad, the pedophile so-called prophet, was nothing more than a blood thirsty common criminal. The frothing at the mouth, rabid Mullah would be half right.
Your post is curious. In ancient times, people cursed the gods and blamed them for misfortunes. This was correct--if a god is all-powerful, then 'he' needs to take responsibility for screw-ups and bad things.
It is no excuse to say that "God knows more and has His ways".
It is weird that nowadays God gets credit for good things but no blame for bad things. This is asymmetric.
Some say this started with Noah's Flood, when zillions of the unborn were killed in a fit of pique, creating a contradiction. I don't wish to argue this point.
But I do think it is important to recognize that humans recognize bad things do happen, and throwing up our hands is not responsible--trying to prevent bad things is what we all do for our childen. Attributing bad things to God is not in fashion--but it cannot be true that God is only valid for 'good things'.
Is trying to avoid 'bad things' for my kids a wilfull hubris to thwart God's will? I don't think so!
''Bad volcano! Bad!''
All those virgins gave Merapi a bad case of indegestion last time?
1) Java is one of the most crowded places on earth.
2) The soil is really fertile next to volcanoes.
3) Indonesia is a corrupt country and poor people who don't have much to begin with have no faith (probably correctly) that the army or police will protect their meager possessions if they evacuate.