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Earthquake leaves western Indonesia in chaos
dme55@cornell.edu
| October 28, 2010
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A ten foot wall of water was not all that Indonesia received after the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred off the Western coast of the country on Monday On Tuesday, Mount Merapi erupted sending toxic smoke, ash, and lava to the surrounding area. The reported death toll from the eruption so far is at thirty, bringing the total death toll from events corresponding to Monday’s earthquake to over 300. Several hundreds are still missing after the tsunami ravaged coastal cities on the island of Sumatra. This is not the first time an earthquake more than shook the Asian country; in 2004, the Indian Ocean Tsunami left 140,000 Indonesians and tourists dead and gave light to the need for an improved tsunami-warning system in the earthquake-prone Pacific Ring of Fire. The new system, however, was insufficient, leaving the expected death toll around 1000. Rescue teams now focus on two different parts of the country; searching for bodies in Sumatra, and attending to the ash-covered areas around Mount Merapi in the neighboring island of Java.
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