Update from The Star..
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP): A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia - spasms from the Pacific "Ring of Fire," which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth.
Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi killed at least 18 people, forced thousands to flee down its slopes and spewed burning ash and smoke high into the air on the island of Java.
Meanwhile, off the coast of Sumatra, about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) west of the volcano, rescuers battled rough seas to reach Indonesia's Mentawai islands, where a 10-foot tsunami triggered by an earthquake Monday night swept away hundreds of homes, killing at least 113 villagers, said Mujiharto of the Health Ministry's crisis center. Up to 500 others are missing.
The twin disasters happened hours apart in one of the most seismically active regions on the planet.
According to Reuters,
- The 7.5 magnitude quake hit 78 km west of South Pagai, one of the Mentawai islands, late on Monday.
- Most buildings in the coastal village of Betu Monga were destroyed.
- The Macaronis surfing resort on North Pagai island was also hit. In an official press release, World Surfaris said Macaronis had "experienced a level of devastation that has rendered the resort inoperable".
- SURF RESORT DEVASTATED
Reports via Facebook from a surfer at the resort suggested that all villas had been "wiped out" by the tsunami.
- In South Pagai island, waves penetrated about 600 metres into coastal villages, while in North Pagai island, waves reached to the roof of local houses.
More from Reuters..
Wondering in which part of Java Mount Merapi is on? It's south east of Jakarta nearer Bandung. Below is a Google map.
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Mount Merapi Erupts - National Geographic