Tag Archives: Mount Merapi Eruption 2010

Indonesia Starts Disaster Tourism

Indonesia appeals to visitors with tropical beaches, beautiful mountains, spectacular reefs and exotic cultures. But now the country, which lies along the Pacific Rim of Fire and suffers from frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions, is

Merapi Artist Sells Ash as Souvenirs

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An Indonesian artist is selling tourist souvenirs of ash from the country’s most volatile volcano to raise money for victims of its eruptions. The English-language daily The Jakarta Globe reported Monday that Agus Budi Setiawan is selling

Indonesia Downgrades Merapi Alert

Indonesian scientists have downgraded the alert status of Mount Merapi from its highest level after it killed more than 320 people in a series of violent eruptions that started in late October. “The decision was taken this morning at 9:00am

Yogyakarta a State of Emergency

Yogyakarta. Mayor Herry Zudianto on Tuesday declared the city was under disaster emergency status after lahar, or cold volcanic mud, from Mount Merapi flowed through the Code River and inundated hundreds of houses, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. “This

Merapi Homeless to move Islands

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Indonesians who fled their homes to escape an erupting volcano have been offered the chance to start anew on a less populated island, authorities said on Tuesday. Around 60,000 people are living in temporary

Volcanic Mud Flow Hits Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta. Hundreds of people in Indonesia have fled their homes to escape fast-moving mudflows streaming down the slopes of the country’s most volatile volcano. Disaster official Slamet Sugiono says those affected live along the banks of the Code River, which

Farmers Get Cash for Snake Fruit

Jakarta. Following the launch of its “cash for cows” program to compensate farmers who lost their livestock in the Mount Merapi eruptions, the government is now rolling out a similar scheme for snake fruit farmers. Fatchul Hadi, secretary of the

Mount Merapi Deaths Rise to 304

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) – The number of deaths caused by recent eruptions at Indonesia’s most volatile volcano has risen to 304. Slamet Sugiono from the National Disaster Management Agency said Sunday the toll climbed after some victims succumbed to

Flights Resumed as Volcano Slows

Indonesia’s Yogyakarta airport, which had been closed for about two weeks by the eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano, has reopened for operations, officials said. Merapi, which means “Mountain of Fire”, has killed 283 people since it began erupting last

Ash Wrecks Indonesian Farmland

Rivers of mud and rocks, and clouds of hot ash, have devastated farmland in Central Java, Indonesia. The region is short of fruit and vegetables, after a month of eruptions from Mount Merapi volcano.

Merapi: 80,000 Return to Red Alert

Yogyakarta. Tens of thousands of villagers have already returned to their homes on the slopes of Mount Merapi after authorities reduced the danger zone around the volcano to up to five kilometers following a slowing of its activities. Surono, head

Merapi Farmers Get Cash For Cows

Yogyakarta. The government has started to purchase livestock from residents forced to evacuate from the slopes of the erupting Mount Merapi. Mujilan, a resident of Hargobinangun village, in the Pakem subdistrict of Sleman in Yogyakarta, on Thursday became the first

Merapi Evacuees Get Bamboo Homes

The Yogyakarta administration is preparing to build temporary bamboo homes for residents fleeing the eruptions on Mount Merapi. The houses of many evacuees have been destroyed by pyroclastic flows.

Mount Merapi Death Toll Reaches 273

INDONESIA’S Mount Merapi volcano has killed 273 people since it began erupting late last month, with more than 300,000 people forced to live in makeshift camps. “The Merapi death toll has reached 273 people. About 300,000 people are still living

Merapi Death Toll Rises to 259

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — The death toll from recent eruptions of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano climbed to 259 on Monday, government officials said. The toll keeps rising as rescuers search for victims, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

30,000 Indonesians Trudge Home

Yogyakarta. Thousands of families returned to their villages on Monday even as scientists warned that Mount Merapi remained a threat and more bodies were found buried in the ash. Carrying their belongings on motorcycles and in pickup trucks, more than