Blast From Indonesia Volcano Raises Deaths To 122
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) - The most powerful eruption in a century from a volatile Indonesian volcano has killed at least 78 people and raised the death toll to 122.
Dozens of bodies were found Friday after searing gas avalanched down Mount Merapi around midnight. Houses and trees were torched and villagers incinerated as they fled.
The National Disaster Management Agency said on its website that the deaths around the village of Bronggang raised the toll to 122 by Friday afternoon.
The volcano sprung back to life Oct. 26, and thousands of villagers who live on the slopes have fled. Even scientists who monitor the volcano have been told to evacuate.
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