November 30, 2010
"Our Amazing Planet"
As if things weren't already bad enough in Indonesia, another volcano may be about to blow.
Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire - and lately, this nation of islands has been living up to the region's fiery reputation. A number of so-called minor ash explosions from Mount Bromo on Sunday (Nov. 28) caused a nearby airport to close as scientists upgraded the volcano to its highest alert level, according to the Indian newspaper The Hindu. On the same island, Java, Mount Merapi's recent eruptions killed hundreds and prompted mass evacuations.
The eruption watch also continues in the straight just west of Java where Anak Krakatau has also been increasingly active lately.
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The heightened eruption alerts come just a couple weeks after Mount Merapi's relentless erupting killed more than 300 people.
Mount Merapi's devastation has been estimated at $611 million and pyroclastic flows have destroyed huge swaths of forest (and one unfortunately placed golf course), according to the People's Daily Online."