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#30615 - 13 May 06 17:04 thar she blows ...
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things are looking too good for my little plot of jungle on the slopes of merapi, located just 3km outside the official exclusion zone. the direction of the eruptions at the moment are tending to head pretty much straight for my place, and given that many consider the exclusion zone far too conservative this time round, my jungle may well be reduced to ashes ...




white line from the top of merapi represents the exclusion zone radius.
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#30616 - 13 May 06 19:51 Re: thar she blows ...
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whats in that jungle?
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#30617 - 13 May 06 19:55 Re: thar she blows ...
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Quote:
Originally posted by Ena:
whats in that jungle?
bunnies.

wink

nothing. just jungle.

but maybe also some tigers, rhino, monkeys, sun bears. but maybe not. no polar bears. not even bipolar bears.
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#30618 - 13 May 06 19:56 Re: thar she blows ...
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hehehe.
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#30619 - 13 May 06 21:50 Re: thar she blows ...
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Associated Press

Thousands Flee Rumbling Indonesia Volcano
CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
7 minutes ago

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia ordered the immediate evacuation Saturday of thousands of people from the slopes of Mount Merapi volcano, warning of an imminent eruption as the mountain oozed fiery lava and belched clouds of black ash.

Hundreds of women, children and elderly were taken in buses and trucks to relocation centers set up at local schools and government buildings.

Authorities put the region on highest alert after they observed two days of steady lava flow from the 9,700-foot peak on the island of Java.

"Because there have been constant lava flows that cause hot gases, we have raised the status to the highest level," said Bambang Dwiyanto, head of the region's volcanology center.

Many people had been evacuated from homes closest to the crater prior to Saturday, but thousands who live further down the fertile slopes refused to leave behind precious livestock and crops. Officials have said as many as 7,000 people still needed to go.

On Saturday, experts recorded 27 volcanic tremors as burning lava oozed from the crater and reached nearly a mile down its slopes, said Dr. Ratdomo Purbo, who heads an observation post at Merapi. He said the mountain, about 250 miles southeast of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, had spewed hot ash clouds at least 14 times on Saturday.

By sunset, plumes of white smoke streaked several miles across an otherwise peaceful sky over the mountain.

The raised danger alert means anyone living near the peak of the volcano will immediately be evacuated to temporary shelters elsewhere in densely populated Central Java province.

Merapi is about 10 miles from Yogyakarta, a city of 1 million. The volcano came back to life in recent weeks after years of relative inactivity.

Some farmers said they would stay on their land because they had not seen any volcanic activity themselves, defying a request from the revered Sultan Sri Hamengkubuwono of Yogyakarta who is also the regional governor.

Many people who live in the mountain's shadow believe that spirits watch over the peak and will warn them of an eruption.

Although most Indonesians are Muslim, many also follow animist beliefs and worship ancient spirits. Often at full moons, people trek to crater rims and throw in rice, jewelry and live animals to appease the volcanoes

Merapi is one of at least 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.

It last erupted in 1994, sending out a searing cloud of gas that burned 60 people to death. About 1,300 people were killed when it erupted in 1930.
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#30620 - 13 May 06 21:56 Re: thar she blows ...
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wow-this is scary!
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#30621 - 14 May 06 09:45 Re: thar she blows ...
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ANTARA May 14 01:07

VP asks people on Mt Merapi slopes to move away

Magelang, C Java (Antara News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla has asked all people living at the slopes of Mount Merapi to move away as the volcano`s status has been raised to the "caution" level.

The coution status meant the mountain located between Central Java and Yogyakarta was showing signs it will erupt soon, he said here on Saturday evening after attending the commemoration of the Budhist holy day of Waisak at the Borobudur temple.

Kalla said it was possible Merapi`s eruption this year would be bigger than those in 1994 and 2001.

The 2,968-meter-high Merapi, about 450-kilometers of southeast of Jakarta, is one of the 65 volcanoes listed as dangerous in Indonesia.

It has erupted several times, of which the most deadly took place in 1930 killing 1,370 people. It also erupted in 1994, claiming the lives of at least 66 people.

"So we should really keep our readiness, more alert in accordance with the procedure that all residents staying at the slope of mount Merapi must come down," the vice president warned.

Some 40 thousands people should come down as several of them started this morning, Jusuf said.

"I believe it is time to evacuate the people at the mount Merapi`s slope to saver places instead of merely calling them (to leave)," the Vice President said.


Asked when mount Merapi will erupt, the vice president said, no one could predict.

In his address during the commemoration function of the Budist "Waisak" holy day, Jusuf said the mount Merapi`s eruption probably only days to come, so solidarity of all elements of people are needed should social problem happen.

"I hope the nation (all people) especially those who celebrate Waisak this evening pay `social` attention to our brothers who probably suffer every time in this `danger` region," he said.(*)
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#30622 - 14 May 06 09:47 Re: thar she blows ...
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Thousands Flee Lava of Indonesia Volcano

By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Thousands of people fled the fertile slopes of Indonesia's most dangerous volcano Saturday as glowing lava oozed down the side and ash and rock spewed from the mountaintop, leading authorities to warn that an eruption could come soon.

Villages on Mount Merapi were left virtually empty. Women, children and the elderly filled buses and trucks to be driven to shelters set up at government buildings and schools in nearby towns on the island of Java.

Throughout the day, volcanic tremors shook the ground, some strong enough to send people running in fear. After nightfall, fiery magma from the volcano's cauldron lit up the bottoms of clouds above the nearly 9,700-foot peak, and cascades of bright red stones tumbled down the mountainside.

Many people already had evacuated from homes closest to Merapi's crater after the volanco recently emerged from several years of relative quiet, but authorities said as many as 7,000 living farther down the slopes had refused to go and leave behind precious livestock and crops.

It wasn't clear how many of those obeyed the government's evacuation order Saturday. Groups of men who sent their families away were seen chatting around fires to keep warm during the night, guarding their homes against looters.

Edi, a 30-year-old villager, said he would stay unless he received a clear signal from the mountain's spirits that an eruption was at hand.

"People around here believe that if Merapi is going to explode there will be a sign, a magical sign," he said, sitting on a mat sipping coffee. "Either it comes in a dream, or in the form of a hallucination."

Although most Indonesians are Muslim, many also follow animist beliefs and worship ancient spirits. Often at full moons, they trek to crater rims and throw in rice, jewelry and live animals to appease the volcanoes.

Merapi, about 250 miles east of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is one of at least 129 active volcanoes in the country, which lies along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" a series of fault lines that feed volcanoes stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and into Southeast Asia.

Merapi last erupted in 1994, sending out a cloud of searing gas that burned 60 people to death. About 1,300 people were killed when it erupted in 1930.

One man who defied the order to evacuate, Baijo, 30, said he was not worried about the risks of staying behind.

"I am not afraid. This is normal. We are looking after the village. If not, thieves will come," he said.

Some farmers said they had not seen any volcanic activity themselves so decided to remain on their land despite being urged to leave by the revered Sultan Sri Hamengkubuwono, who is also the regional governor in Yogyakarta, a city of 1 million people just 11 miles from Merapi.

"We will not leave soon because of our livestock," said one cattle raiser, who declined to give his name.

All roads leading up the mountain were closed as chunks of glowing pumice blew from Merapi's depths into the sky and burning gas fumes wafted through the air.

Authorities put the area on highest alert after observing two days of steady lava flow from the volcano.

"Because there have been constant lava flows that cause hot gases, we have raised the status to the highest level," said Bambang Dwiyanto, head of the region's volcanology center.

Experts recorded 27 volcanic tremors and eruptions of at least 14 plumes of hot ash Saturday, said Dr. Ratdomo Purbo, who heads an observation post at Merapi. He said a stream of lava extended nearly a mile down the mountain's side.
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#30623 - 14 May 06 19:50 Re: thar she blows ...
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Indonesians Return Despite Eruption Threat

By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
15 minutes ago

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Indonesia's most dangerous volcano belched out massive clouds of black smoke and lava flows scorched fresh scars in its slopes Sunday, but many villagers ignored warnings of a major eruption and returned home to tend animals and crops.
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Even as the Mount Merapi's activity increased, scores of curious onlookers traveled by motorcycle, car and foot to its slopes, eager to see from a safe distance the mountain's awesome power.

Thousands of women, children and elderly people were shuttled by bus and trucks to emergency shelters Saturday after Merapi began spewing burning ash, rock and red-hot gases.

"I didn't need to think twice," said Ariani, an elderly woman at one shelter who said she did not know her age. "They said move, and I moved."

Some men refused to leave, saying they wanted to protect their homes, even as glowing magma from the volcano's cauldron lit up the clouds surrounding the peak and as cascades of molten red stone tumbled down the mountainside.

Police manned roadblocks Sunday preventing vehicles from getting within four to five miles of the volcano's crater, but allowed villagers to return to tend to land and animals, advising them to leave again by nightfall.

"My feeling is it will not blow at this time," said Budi, a 30-year-old farmer, who came back to cut grass to give to his cows. Like many other Indonesians, he goes by only one name.

More than 4,500 people living in villages closest to the crater, or next to rivers where hot lava is more likely to flow down, were evacuated by Sunday. But many young men were staying put, said Widi Sutikno, the official coordinating the emergency response.

"I cannot force them," he said. "All I can do is tell them to keep looking up at the mountain and have a motorbike ready."

Sutikno said there were no immediate plans to move some 18,000 people living lower down the slopes who are not considered in imminent danger.

Merapi last erupted in 1994, sending out a searing cloud of gas that burned 60 people to death. About 1,300 people were killed when it erupted in 1930.

Sutikno said the major threat this time was scalding gas clouds, which move down the mountain at 560 mph, scorching everything in their path.

Thousands spent Sunday packed into shelters set up at schools, government buildings and mosques in villages lower down the slopes of the nearly 9,800-foot mountain in the heart of Indonesia's densely populated Java Island.

"If it is safe, then we will go home," said Selamat, 34, who was living with his 4-year-old child in a government office transformed for 500 people. Women prepared breakfast in a common kitchen and washed their children's clothes.

"It's OK at the moment," Selamat said. "But if we have to stay here for too long I can foresee it becoming a real pain."

Merapi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Jakarta, came back to life in recent weeks after years of relative inactivity. Evacuations have been ongoing, but many people refused to leave behind precious livestock and crops.

On Saturday, experts recorded 27 volcanic tremors, and lava flows reached nearly a mile down its slopes, said Dr. Ratdomo Purbo, who heads an observation post at Merapi.

Merapi is one of at least 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia
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#30624 - 21 May 06 06:39 Re: thar she blows ...
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Oh God another thread filled with plagerism. Your hopeless man. Do you think no one else can read newspapers, magazines or have TV. Go back to your jungle home under the lava flow. You must have the most boring life on the planet man. One sick puppy.
Get rid of the John Lennon quote will you, you insult his memory.
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#30625 - 21 May 06 08:13 Re: thar she blows ...
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beautiful beautiful beautiful
beautiful boy
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#30626 - 21 May 06 08:14 Re: thar she blows ...
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I heard a rewally nice version of that song in a taxi-and my god it was by celine dion!!!!!
never thought Id see the day where i liked her songs eh.
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#30627 - 22 May 06 05:03 Re: thar she blows ...
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dasnakewitoneye:
Oh God another thread filled with plagerism. Your hopeless man. Do you think no one else can read newspapers, magazines or have TV. Go back to your jungle home under the lava flow. You must have the most boring life on the planet man. One sick puppy.
Get rid of the John Lennon quote will you, you insult his memory.
Surely this guy has been locked out by now. IT feels like I have been out and had a good weekend, and then come home to all of this bickering, yelling and screaming created by the snotty nosed, dirty-faced little kid next door. Dont worry, he will get his ass tanned at some point. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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#30628 - 07 Jun 06 04:08 Re: thar she blows ...
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Indonesia evacuates volcano area

Indonesia has ordered the evacuation of 11,000 people amid signs of growing volcanic activity from Mount Merapi.
The volcano on the island of Java has been spewing out lava and toxic gases for days, however the levels increased on Tuesday.

Officials said trucks and cars were being used to transport people to temporary shelter.

The volcano's activity has risen since a magnitude 6.3 quake struck nearby, killing nearly 6,000 people on 27 May.

Some scientists believe the earthquake may have contributed to increased volcanic activity.

A cloud of gas from Mount Merapi stretched for 4km (2.4 miles) and lava flows had spread up to 7km (four miles) from the crater, officials were quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

Villages around Mount Merapi were evacuated earlier this month when the volcano first showed signs of erupting, but many residents had returned home by the time the earthquake hit.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5053796.stm
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#30629 - 08 Jun 06 15:25 Re: thar she blows ...
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merapi has just exploded. maybe more coming.

YULI Yulianti: merapi br aja meletus
YULI Yulianti: jam 12 kurang
YULI Yulianti: ada gempa agak besar barusan
Gary Dean: ya ... apa ada awan panas menuju sleman?
YULI Yulianti: ya blm tahu
Gary Dean: gempa sekuat yg pada 27 mei?
YULI Yulianti: tidak
YULI Yulianti: 3.8
Gary Dean: ah keciillllll
Gary Dean: apa merapi kedengaran saat melutus?>
YULI Yulianti: ktnya ada yg dengar, ada yg engga
YULI Yulianti: knpa
YULI Yulianti: ktnya spt suara kuda
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#30630 - 08 Jun 06 17:12 Re: thar she blows ...
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Quote:
Originally posted by KuKuKaChu:
merapi has just exploded. maybe more coming.

YULI Yulianti: merapi br aja meletus
YULI Yulianti: jam 12 kurang
YULI Yulianti: ada gempa agak besar barusan
Gary Dean: ya ... apa ada awan panas menuju sleman?
YULI Yulianti: ya blm tahu
Gary Dean: gempa sekuat yg pada 27 mei?
YULI Yulianti: tidak
YULI Yulianti: 3.8
Gary Dean: ah keciillllll
Gary Dean: apa merapi kedengaran saat melutus?>
YULI Yulianti: ktnya ada yg dengar, ada yg engga
YULI Yulianti: knpa
YULI Yulianti: ktnya spt suara kuda
YULI Yulianti: ktnya spt suara kuda [/QB][/QUOTE
yeah..mungkin itu lebih baik kuku..dari pada mendengar suara kamu ketika marah..
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#30631 - 08 Jun 06 18:54 Re: thar she blows ...
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Bye the way....does Yuli is the one of your wifes Mas Kuku ??
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#30632 - 13 Jun 06 11:38 Re: thar she blows ...
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From Indonesia Anonymus http://indonesia-anonymus.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 12, 2006

Don't know much about building a house either

We are back from Yogya for the moment. Yes, we are sure you have heard it all, the earthquake, the number of people killed, the sufferings. No need to re-tell.

Despite all that, however, there are people who although their houses were destroyed, still have their jobs, have some money set aside for rainy days (such as this), and are ready to rebuild.
The sooner they can rebuild their houses, they say, the sooner they can have their normal life back. So they are eager.

But there is one fear: What if the earthquake strikes again?

One suggested to build an earthquake-proof house. Great. But how? They looked at each other, looked at us, and interestingly enough, nobody knows how.
Not even one local builder that we talked to.
Sure, they can always suggest to use stronger concrete, stronger cement, bla bla bla. But is that a proven method? Nobody knows. It is also expensive and so our question remained unanswered:

how do you build a low-cost earthquake-proof house?

With that question unanswered, some suggested to simply build a temporary house. Just to have a roof over their heads, as cheap as possible, so they will have some money left for (God forbid) another disaster.

We don't like this solution. Why? Because based on experience, what they call 'temporary' will eventually become 'permanently temporary'. People will soon forget that the structure was not meant to be permanent, and they will extend it, or build upon it as the need arises. That is not very safe. What if you have another earthquake then?

So we are back to our question:
how do you build a low-cost earthquake-proof house?

Surely we have the technology. Surely we have the experts. Surely we have the skills to build it.
So if there is anything missing, we think this is it: Our ability to pass this information, this know-how, to the folks who need it.

Call us stupid or ignorant, but we don't see what's so difficult about passing such information. All we need is some good samaritans - preferably civil engineers - who can come up with the cheapest way to build an earthquake-proof house, write it up in a document, make it as applicable as possible and as simple as possible so that local builders with STM diploma (technical school degree, equal to high school diploma) can understand, and then post the document on the internet.

After that, just leave it to Yogya bloggers to spread it around.

In the field of IT we all enjoy open-source software, where software is given away for free. Why can't we do the same for this?
Yes, of course people will have their own requirements on building their houses, hence different designs are required. But just like open-source software, we can always give the main information and the users can then tweak the design to suit their needs.

Imagine how many lives we can save.
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#30633 - 15 Jun 06 04:29 Re: thar she blows ...
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Java volcano spews clouds of gas

Some villagers had only just returned from refugee camps
Indonesia's Mt Merapi volcano showed signs of increased activity on Wednesday, emitting cascading clouds of hot gas, ash and volcanic debris.
Hundreds of villagers, some of whom had only just returned from refugee camps, fled their homes on Merapi's slopes.

Indonesian authorities again raised the volcano's alert level to its highest status, only a day after it was dropped.

It will mean thousands have to be evacuated, a government scientist said.

"The status was upgraded at 2 p.m. because of the increasing hot clouds," Triyani, an official at the state volcano monitoring centre, told Reuters news agency.

The clouds of gas and ash travelled about 5 km (3 miles) down the volcano's southern slope, she said.

'Time to leave'

Some residents, thousands of whom have been staying in temporary camps, had returned home after the alert level was dropped on Tuesday.


Ash has covered parts of the surrounding area

"We were very happy to go back in the morning," one villager, Egan, told the Associated Press news agency after arriving back at the refugee camp.

"But as soon as we got there, we saw a massive cloud steaming toward us. We all decided it was time to leave."

The volcano has been in what scientists call the early stages of eruption for weeks, but this is the first spike of activity since 8 June, when the volcano sent similarly huge clouds down the same slope. More than 15,000 villagers fled to safety.

Scientists fear the volcano was further destabilised by an earthquake which struck near the ancient city of Yogyakarta three weeks ago, killing 6,200 people

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5079110.stm
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#30634 - 16 Jun 06 14:46 Re: thar she blows ...
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2 men found dead in bunker at Mount Merapi

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press Writer

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Two men were found dead Friday in the emergency bunker where they had sought shelter from Indonesia's erupting Mount Merapi, one in a bathtub where he had tried to escape the heat.
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The men were helping evacuate a village when a burst of volcanic activity forced them to seek shelter in the bunker.

But the bunker, one of several dotting Merapi's slopes, was designed to provide temporary protection from hot clouds, not from sustained exposure to large amounts of burning volcanic debris.

Soldiers in fire-retardant clothing dug through 6 feet of red-hot debris to reach the men, said Widi Sutikno, head of volcano relief operations.

"The bodies were burned because of the hot temperatures in the bunker," Sutikno said.

One of the bodies was found on the floor, while the second was immersed in a bath. "He was trying to cool down," Sutikno said.

Scientists had thought that the 9,700-foot Merapi was calming down after weeks of activity, but violent eruptions Wednesday led to the re-evacuation of thousands of villagers.

"It was the most terrifying cloud I have ever seen in my life," villager Basirun said of Wednesday's activity.

Ash covered one village 4 1/2 miles west of the crater with a gray blanket an inch thick, and soot rained down after dusk across many districts, officials said.

Merapi continued to spew scorching gas clouds and rock fragments early Friday, said Triyani of the volcanology office.

Scientist Antonius Ratdomopurbo attributed the resurgence in activity to the collapse of a section of volcano's lava dome, which has been growing in recent weeks as lava emerges from its core.

Merapi is one of more than 70 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

The main dangers at Merapi are fast-moving bursts of blistering gases and rock fragments called pyroclastic flow. Experts say a massive vertical eruption threatening people many miles away will not occur.

One killed more than 60 villagers in 1994, and about 1,300 people died when Merapi erupted in 1930.
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