Monday, July 31, 2006

1,500 families risk it all by staying on the slope of erupting volcano in Indonesia

Thousands of villagers living around the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Karangetang are tending their fields while the simmering volcano emits lava.Around 1,500 families living on the slopes of the volcano in North Sulawesi were evacuated to safe shelters last Thursday. Scientists declared they feared an eruption was imminent a day later.

Kristianto, a scientist at a monitoring post on Karangetang's slopes says the people are used to the mountain's eruptions and only return to the safe shelters in the evenings.He says Karangetang, located on Siau island is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, and continues to emit lava as well as shoot sparks from its crater. He says activity appears for the moment to be easing.

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