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Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Mount Merapi volcano spews smoke as seen from Deles village in Klaten, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, November 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Dwi Oblo)Since its initial eruptions on October 25th, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi continues to spew hot gases and ash as far as 5,000 meters into the atmosphere, wreaking havoc on surrounding villages and farms, and disrupting air travel – and more than 140 people have been killed by the eruptions over the past two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced, many of them living in temporary shelters until the Indonesian government reduces the existing 20 km “safe zone”, and allows them and their livestock to return. Collected here are recent images from the area near the unpredictable Mount Merapi as it still rumbles and erupts.

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A farmer stands in a rice field as volcanic material from Mount Merapi erupts, in Klaten, Central Java on November 4, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Over 70,000 people have now been evacuated with the danger zone being extended to over 15km as the volcano continues to spew ash and volcanic material.

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Lightning strikes as Mount Merapi erupts, as seen from Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia’s Central Java province November 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Dead trees and mud clog a river as clouds of hot ash spew from the erupting Mount Merapi in Sleman, central Java, on November 6, 2010. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covers a village in Muntilan, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A search and rescue team looks for victims at Wukirsari village in Sleman district in the Indonesian Central Java province November 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A kitchen is covered by ash in Cangkringan village off the Indonesia’s Central Java province, November 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Dwi Oblo)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A pet bird, killed during the eruption of Mount Merapi, lies in its cage in the abandoned village of Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Molten lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi captured in this long exposure photograph taken from Klaten district in Central Java province late on November 2, 2010. (SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A woman wearing a raincoat, rides a bicycle on an ash-covered road after another eruption of Mount Merapi volcano, in the city of Yogyakarta October 30, 2010. (REUTERS/Andry Prasetyo)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Mount Merapi erupts, as seen from Wukirsari village in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, November 4, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Residents leave a danger zone as Merapi volcano releases ash clouds above Balerante village, Klaten on November 1, 2010. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Indonesian soldiers of Special Force of Kopassus evacuate an elderly woman who refuses to leave her home during an evacuation after a new violent explosion in Umbulharjo, Sleman on October 30, 2010. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Villagers flee their homes following another eruption Mount Merapi in Klaten ,Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A woman prays in a temporary shelter at Maguwoharjo Stadium in Yogyakarta, November 5, 2010. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

A girl weeps at a temporary shelter for those who are affected by the eruption of Mount Merapi in Bawukan, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/AK Hendratmo)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Lava and ash spews from the top of Mount Merapi, viewed from Klaten district in Central Java province before dawn on November 6, 2010. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Search and rescue team members from Yogyakarta carry a victim of Merapi volcano’s eruption at the village of Ngancar in Sleman on November 8, 2010. (CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

The hand of a victim of the eruption of Mount Merapi, among body bags at a hospital morgue in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

Villagers gather at the grave of the victims of Mount Merapi eruption for a mass burial at Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Mount Merapis Eruptions (20 pics)

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