Mon, November 08, 2010

Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami

Indonesia disaster toll hits 377 as volcano erupts again

Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted on Thursday for the second time in a week, blasting vast plumes of ash into the sky, as the death toll from the initial eruption and a tsunami that hit remote western islands reached 377. Full story

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