Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Volcano Mount Sinabung, Samatra

KARO-Indonesian rescuers searched for survivors in scorched villages and devastated farmlands Monday after a volcano erupted in clouds of searing ash and gas, killing seven and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns.
Witnesses have described sheer panic as waves of gas and fine rock were unleashed from Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island Saturday, consuming farmers trying to flee the slopes of the highly active volcano.
The fast-moving flows - reaching temperatures of up to 700 degrees Celsius (1,300 Fahrenheit) - incinerated homes and left livestock blackened and peeling.
Agustatius Sitepu, the head of the local military in Karo district where the volcano is situated, arrived to scenes of chaos as rescue crews raced to reach those left alive.
“The villagers who managed to survive were running around in panic, trying to save themselves,” he told AFP on Monday.
“There were only a few dozen.
They were terrified.
They were covered in ash...Continue reading...
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