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KALI KUNING (Indonesia) - AN INDONESIAN volcano that erupted and killed 32 people earlier this week spewed ash and lava early on Friday.
Government volcanologists said the activity was not a fresh eruption and could help to stabilise Mount Merapi, in Central Java province, following its series of deadly eruptions on Tuesday.
'It shot heat clouds at 6.10am as far as 3.5km down its south-
eastern slopes and followed this with ash rain,' volcanologist Heru Suparwoko told AFP.
'It's definitely dangerous for anyone who might be in the path of the heat clouds.' The area was evacuated on Monday but some people may have stayed or returned to tend their livestock and check on their homes.
Another volcanologist, Dr Surono, said the volcano, whose name translates as the 'Mountain of Fire', also released lava for the first time since its latest round of activity began.
'It's a good development as there won't be an accumulation of energy which will cause a massive eruption like on Tuesday,' he said. More than 50,000 people are living in cramped temporary shelters near the central Java city of Yogyakarta, having been ordered to evacuate a 10km danger zone on Monday.
Merapi emits ash and lava