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  Ash Rain Falls on Indonesia Village

The Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001; 5:36 a.m. EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Ash-filled rain fell Thursday on a village on the slopes of rumbling Mt. Merapi as lava flows and clouds of noxious gases spewed from the volcano every few minutes, scientists said.

Volcanologist Syamsul Rizal said activity within the mountain had increased slightly within the past 24 hours.

He said authorities were still calling on people living around the volcano to prepare to evacuate as clouds of ash mixed with rain fell on nearby Deres village.

In 1994, 66 people were killed when they ignored an order to evacuate from a village on the volcano's slopes. The most devastating eruption last century was in 1930 when 1,300 people perished.

The latest activity started about two weeks ago and scientists have warned that there could be a major blast at any time.

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