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Indonesian Erruption Forces Evacuation of 1300 36

Posted by timothy
from the evacuation-seems-like-a-good-plan dept.
ABC News reports that "A volcano in western Indonesia erupted again Sunday, unleashing volcanic ash high into the sky and forcing the evacuation of villagers living around its slope. Officials raised Mount Sinabung's alert status to the second-highest level after the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high mountain erupted early Sunday, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Authorities were working to evacuate residents from four North Sumatra province villages located within the mountain's three-kilometer (two-mile) danger zone, Nugroho said. About 1,300 villagers have been relocated to safer areas so far. It was the volcano's second big eruption since late last month, with its Oct. 24 explosion prompting the evacuation of more than 3,300 people." This video of Sinabung's 2010 eruption gives some clue about what to expect.
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  • "Err"uption (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 04, 2013 @04:29AM (#45323225)

    To err-upt is volcano.

    • by game kid (805301)

      The Slashdot team works all day, erry day. You should give them more credit.

    • To err-upt is volcano.

      To be honest, I was tempted to misread it at "A volcano in western Indonesia erupted again sundae", and I though "you're running in the wrong direction, morons!".

  • by Nrrqshrr (1879148) on Monday November 04, 2013 @04:53AM (#45323291)
    "They build their houses right next to active volcanoes, and then wonder why there is lava in the living room."
  • by gentryx (759438) * on Monday November 04, 2013 @06:29AM (#45323585) Homepage Journal
    Slightly off-topic, but this reminded me of how yesterday 20000 people were evacuated in Dortmund [cbsnews.com] (one of Germany's larger cities). And it didn't even need a full-fledged volcano to prompt this: a mere 4000 pounds, ~70 years old air mine was enough. Stuff like this is (still) daily business in Germany, though. They are still far from having cleared up all duds.
  • Indonesia is a very corrupt country from heads of government to local school teachers. There is no planning permissions needed to build a house. Indonesians just clear the forest, put up a house and bribe government officials away if they start asking the right questions. There's also 172 active volcanos in Indonesia and 300 million people.

    Also the local population tend to have a great deal in faith in the protection of God from natural disasters. When natural disasters strike Indonesians tend to believ

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