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Indonesia: Tsunami/volcano rescue continues

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Indonesia: Tsunami/volcano rescue continues


Rescuers are still trying to account for hundreds of people in Indonesia after the country was hit by multiple natural disasters.

One hundred and fifty people were reported killed when a 7.7 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into the Mentawai archipelago near Sumatra.

In one village only 40 have been found out of a population of 200.

The three-metre tidal wave laid waste to buildings and boats in the popular surfing islands.

Daniel North, a crew-member on board the yacht MV Midas, described what happened to him. “This boat here, Freedom, was anchored outside of us. They were caught by the wave, came surfing into us on the wave, hit us directly in the side of the boat piercing a fuel tank,” he said. “Midas caught fire immediately.”

Parts of Indonesia sit on a faultline, where two tectonic plates are advancing on each other at up to six centimetres per year.

Hours after the tsunami, Mount Merapi erupted.
It is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes.

Although geologists report it now appears quite calm, they are advising authorities to continue evacuating more than 11,000 villagers living on its slopes.

At least 25 people were killed when it threw up clouds of ash and jets of hot gas. Fourteen more were injured, most of them suffering burns.

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