October 26th, 2010
08:41 AM ET

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, forcing thousands to flee

Mount Merapi spewed smoke early October 26.

The Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted Tuesday, forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee, the Antara national news agency reported.

Images on Indonesian TV showed the volcano lighting the sky with a fiery glow and sending thick clouds of gray smoke high into the air.

Mount Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, has a summit elevation of nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). It is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and lies in one of the world's most densely populated areas.

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  1. Nat

    Indonesia is really having it rough..maybe time to flee..

    October 26, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Yeah... we can do more damage that way.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bond, James Bond

    about that fire and brimestone thing, uuhh maybe? Poor little things, it must be god is mad again! Q i said shaken , not stirred , or burned!

    October 26, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Well, no sense in worrying about it now.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bond, James Bond

    i like my asians hot, but theese chicks are on fire!!!

    October 26, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      You know, you don't act like a scientist. You're more like a game show host.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. the Daddy

    Venkman- Ghostbusters right? yes.

    October 26, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. the Daddy

    Venkman- Ghostbusters right? yes. good one!

    October 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bond, James Bond

    buddahh is gonna be peeved if you wake him up!

    October 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sasha

    I was there for the last eruption in 2006. I was playing golf on Yogyakarta golf course watching the huge plumes of stuff being spurted out. A week after I left there was an earthquake there, killed 5000 people.

    October 28, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |