Indonesia's volcano erupts, killing one   2010-10-26 20:41:20 FeedbackPrintRSS

A view of the Mount Merapi volcano emitting smoke from the village of Boyong, in the district of Sleman, central Java October 26, 2010.  (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

JAKARTA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's volcano in dessely populated Central Java erupted on Tuesday afternoon, spewing hot ashes, killing one baby, injuring 25 people and pushing thousands others to escape the slope of the mount, officials said.

Mount Merapi of 2,968 meters high erupted three times, with the first at 17:02 p.m. Jakarta time (1002 GMT), head of volcanology monitoring unit at Volcanology Afgency Muhammad Hendratno said.

Local television reported one baby die after suffering from respiratory problem and 25 others suffered from the similar problem and injury as they escaped from hot ash.

Hendratmo said that the afternoon eruption was the beginning of the eruption phase of Merapi.

Obsever at monitoring post for Mount Merapi in Sleman district of Yoyakarta Heru Saparwoko told Xinhua by phone from the district that cloud had hampered them to monitor how far the hot ash spread. "We will keep monitoring the peak of eruption," he said.

The television footage footage displayed thousands of panic residence rush to leave the dangerous area by car or other vehicles to take shelters in baracks.

Authorities forced those living in the area nearest to the mount to escape, offical at Yogyakarta Disaster and Mitigation Management Agency named only Rusdiyanto told Xinhua by phone from yogyakarta. "Those living at the radius of 0 to 5 kilometers from the crater must leave the area immediately, " he said.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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