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New volcano eruption unleashes chaos in Indonesia

world Updated: Oct 31, 2010 12:01 IST

A new eruption of Merapi volcano caused chaos in its surrounding areas, with locals trying to flee from the lava and the cloud of volcanic ashes that has cast a shadow over Indonesia.

Fear, despair, and helplessness reigned in the vicinity of mount Merapi, and even the police ran away, thus increasing traffic jams and panic on the roads.

Predictions of future and stronger eruptions convinced nearby people to leave the area, as well as the death of two more people while rushing out, bringing the volcano death toll this week to 38.

About 50,000 people have been evacuated. Geologists affirmed that this new eruption was stronger and louder than the one on Tuesday, lasted 22 minutes, and belched ashes at 3.5 kilometers high.