Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami, volcanic eruption
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesians are dealing with the
aftereffects of twin disasters.
A volcanic eruption and a tsunami have killed scores of people
hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia.
Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi (meh-RAH'-pee) killed at
least 18 people, forced thousands to flee down its slopes and
spewed burning ash and smoke high into the air on the island of
Meanwhile, off the coast of Sumatra, about 800 miles west of the
volcano, rescuers are battling rough seas to reach Indonesia's
Mentawai islands. Officials say a 10-foot tsunami triggered by an
earthquake Monday night swept away hundreds of homes, killing at
least 113 villagers. Up to 500 others are missing.
The twin disasters occurred hours apart in one of the most
seismically active regions on the planet, known as the Pacific
"Ring of Fire."
Scientists have warned that pressure building beneath Merapi's
lava dome could trigger its most powerful explosion in years.