Thursday, October 28, 2010

trouble again in Indonesia

The Christian Science Monitor has a decent summary article today of the twin natural hazards that have struck Indonesia within the last week.  Monday, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the west coast, generating a tsunami.  On Tuesday, Mt. Merapi erupted.  The total who have perished so far is reported at 131.  The volcano seems poised to continue erupting as it is for a while.  Unfortunately, the recent earthquake is not believed by seismologists to have eased the stress that has been building along the fault line, and another, potentially 8.5 magnitude superquake, remains a possibility.

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