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Massive Eruption In Indonesia

Lava glows at the crater of Mount Merapi as seen from Sidorejo, Central Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Indonesia's most dangerous volcano is once again sending searing gas clouds and burning rocks down its scorched flanks.  Irwin Fedriansyah/AP hide caption

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For an hour today Mount Merapi sent ash and rock hurtling into the sky. Villagers fled their homes as the danger zone widened, and people already in refugee camps were panicked at the vision of the latest, and most violent eruption.

38 people died on the first day of the eruption last week, and no more deaths have been reported. But given the violence of the latest eruption the government has widened the evacuation zone from 5 to 10 kilometers. And some refugee camps had to be moved, as they were within that zone. And whole families fled the newly endangered area, says the AP:

"I [didn't] think of anything else except to save my wife and son. We left my house and everything," said Tentrem Wahono, 50, who lives in Kaliurang village, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater. He and his family fled on a motorbike, "racing with the explosive sounds, like the searing ash chased us from behind."

Villagers board a truck as they evacuate their homes following another eruption of Mount Merapi in Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Trisnadi/AP hide caption

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