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November 8, 2010

Mount Merapi's eruptions

Since its initial eruptions on October 25th, Indonesia's Mount Merapi continues to spew hot gases and ash as far as 5,000 meters into the atmosphere, wreaking havoc on surrounding villages and farms, and disrupting air travel - and more than 140 people have been killed by the eruptions over the past two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced, many of them living in temporary shelters until the Indonesian government reduces the existing 20 km "safe zone", and allows them and their livestock to return. Collected here are recent images from the area near the unpredictable Mount Merapi as it still rumbles and erupts. (39 photos total)

A farmer stands in a rice field as volcanic material from Mount Merapi erupts, in Klaten, Central Java on November 4, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Over 70,000 people have now been evacuated with the danger zone being extended to over 15km as the volcano continues to spew ash and volcanic material. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Mount Merapi volcano spews smoke as seen from Deles village in Klaten, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, November 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Dwi Oblo) #

Houses are in flames as volunteers rescue burned victims of an eruption of Mount Merapi in Argomulyo village early on November 5, 2010. (SUSANTO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Volunteers rescue burned victims of Mount Merapi eruption in Argomulyo village, devastated by deadly hot clouds of volcanic ash early on November 5, 2010. (SUSANTO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Lightning strikes as Mount Merapi erupts, as seen from Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia's Central Java province November 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #

Dead trees and ash cover a damaged house with the erupting Mount Merapi in the background in Sleman, Yogyakarta province, central Java, on November 6, 2010. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A pair of shoes sit covered in volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi in the abandoned village of Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) #

Survivor Sri Sucirathaasri, 18, stands beside her injured sister Prisca in a hospital in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 5, 2010. The hospital at the foot of Indonesia's most volatile volcano is struggling to cope with victims brought in after the mountain's most powerful eruption in a century. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim) #

Villagers gather at the grave of the victims of Mount Merapi eruption for a mass burial at Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim) #

A villager takes a stroll at Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia's Central Java province, November 6, 2010, as Mount Merapi volcano erupts spewing out towering clouds of hot gas and debris in the background. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #

Dead trees and mud clog a river as clouds of hot ash spew from the erupting Mount Merapi in Sleman, central Java, on November 6, 2010. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covers a village in Muntilan, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) #

A search and rescue team looks for victims at Wukirsari village in Sleman district in the Indonesian Central Java province November 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas) #

A kitchen is covered by ash in Cangkringan village off the Indonesia's Central Java province, November 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Dwi Oblo) #

A pet bird, killed during the eruption of Mount Merapi, lies in its cage in the abandoned village of Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) #

A melted radio-cassette tape recorder sits covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi in the abandoned village of Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) #

Bodies of victims of an eruption of Mount Merapi rest amongst ashes and debris in front of a house in Argomulyo village, Cangkringan, in Sleman November 5, 2010. (REUTERS/Aditia Surya) #

Rescuers remove the charred remain of the body of a victim of Mount Merapi eruption in Argomulyo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) #

An Indonesian veterinarian tends to a cow injured after Mouth Merapi's eruption in the village of Umbulharjo, in Sleman, central Java, on October 29, 2010. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images) #

Molten lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi captured in this long exposure photograph taken from Klaten district in Central Java province late on November 2, 2010. (SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mount Merapi spews lava and smoke as it erupted again on Wednesday as seen from Sidorejo village in Klaten on November 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #

Residents ride their motorcycles in Yogyakarta, blanketed by volcanic ash falling from Mount Merapi's latest eruption early on October 30, 2010. (CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman wearing a raincoat, rides a bicycle on an ash-covered road after another eruption of Mount Merapi volcano, in the city of Yogyakarta October 30, 2010. (REUTERS/Andry Prasetyo) #

Villagers flee their homes following another eruption Mount Merapi in Klaten ,Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim) #

Mount Merapi erupts, as seen from Wukirsari village in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, November 4, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #

Stumps are all that remain of trees felled by an eruption of Mount Merapi, at Kinahrejo village in Sleman, Indonesia on October 27, 2010. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images) #

Residents leave a danger zone as Merapi volcano releases ash clouds above Balerante village, Klaten on November 1, 2010. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images) #

Villagers escorted by police carry a suspected looter caught in an abandoned village in Sleman located in Mount Merapi's danger zone on November 1, 2010. (ARYA BIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Indonesian soldiers of Special Force of Kopassus evacuate an elderly woman who refuses to leave her home during an evacuation after a new violent explosion in Umbulharjo, Sleman on October 30, 2010. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman prays in a temporary shelter at Maguwoharjo Stadium in Yogyakarta, November 5, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #

Refugees rummage through second-hand clothes that were distributed at a refugee camp in Yogyakarta, Central Java November 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas) #

A girl weeps at a temporary shelter for those who are affected by the eruption of Mount Merapi in Bawukan, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/AK Hendratmo) #

Refugees look out from inside a tent during rain at a temporary evacuation center set up as a result of the repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi, in Keputran village, Klaten, Central Java on November 4, 2010. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images) #

Lava and ash spews from the top of Mount Merapi, viewed from Klaten district in Central Java province before dawn on November 6, 2010. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A view from a domestic flight from Denpasar to Yogyakarta that was subsequently diverted to Surabaya airport shows a plume of gas and ash billowing some 10 km (six mi) high from Mount Merapi, during an eruption on November 4, 2010. (CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Search and rescue team members from Yogyakarta carry a victim of Merapi volcano's eruption at the village of Ngancar in Sleman on November 8, 2010. (CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #

The hand of a victim of the eruption of Mount Merapi, among body bags at a hospital morgue in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi) #

A farmer walks through his corn field covered in volcanic ash from Mount Merapi eruption in Muntilan, Central Java, Indonesia on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. (AP Photo) #

Mount Merapi, viewed from Sidorejo village in Klaten on November 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #

 
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