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Last Updated: Monday, 15 May 2006, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
In pictures: Merapi volcano

Clouds spewed from Mount Merapi

Thousands of people have fled the area around Indonesia's Mount Merapi, as it spews out ash, rock and gas.

A villager uses a pair of binoculars to view the smoke

Some are using binoculars to view the smoke clouds from outside the danger zone.

Villagers board a truck

More than 4,500 people living in the villages closest to the crater have been moved to emergency shelters.

Carrying their belongings, villagers flee their homes as Mount Merapi spews hot volcanic ash

Others are fleeing on foot rather than waiting for rescue vehicles.

 A farmer smokes a cigarette while having a break in his field

Many of those in the affected area are farmers, relying on crops and animals for income.

Mount Merapi volcano erupts with lava and huge clouds of hot gasses

The alert status of the volcano has been raised to the highest level - red.




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