Since its initial eruptions on October 25th, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi continues to spew hot gases and ash as far as 5,000 meters into the atmosphere, wreaking havoc on surrounding villages and farms, and disrupting air travel—and more than 140 people have been killed by the eruptions over the past two weeks.
Lightning strikes as Mount Merapi erupts, as seen from Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia’s Central Java province November 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)
Refugees rummage through second-hand clothes that were distributed at a refugee camp in Yogyakarta, Central Java November 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas)
The hand of a victim of the eruption of Mount Merapi, among body bags at a hospital morgue in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)