Oct 27, 2010 8:36 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Indonesia volcanic eruption claims 28 lives

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) - Experts say the worst may not be over as rescuers scour the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano for victims today.

The mountain was rocked by an eruption that spewed clouds of searing ash, killing at least 28 villagers including an old man known as the mountain's spiritual gatekeeper.

The blast eased pressure that had been building up behind a lava dome perched on the volcano's crater, but experts say the dome could unleash deadly gases and debris if it collapses.

The volcano is described as "a little calmer today."

More than 11,000 people live near the mountain and while thousands streamed into makeshift emergency shelters yesterday, many started returning today saying they had to tend to their crops and protect their homes.


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