Mount Lokon Eruption Sparks Panic

One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes erupted early this morning, spewing clouds of ash into the sky.

“The eruption was heard as far as five kilometres away, causing panic among villagers living close to the volcano,” said government vulcanologisFarid Bina from a monitoring post near the volcano. Winds blew volcanic ash to villages up to five kilometres to the east and northeast, Bina added.

“Two villages with about 10,000 people each have been affected by the ash, which stopped later in the morning,” said Bina.

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http://www.news.com.au/world/panic-as-indonesian-volcano-erupts/story-e6frfkyi-1226231255907

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Christchurch – One in 10 residents set to leave for good

Scores of people were injured yesterday when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, just ten months after a massive quake crippled the city and killed 182 people, says this article in the Daily  Mail.

Experts predict that the earthquakes will continue for the next four years, leading to Dr Gary Gibson’s suggestion that that the city could lose as much as 10 per cent of its population. Dr Gibson is University of Melbourne’s principal research fellow at the School of Earth Sciences.

Residents say that they will now have to give serious thought as to whether the entire city should be abandoned for good. They claim the risks are too high, its future too uncertain, and that it is not ‘worth their while’ to live there any more.

Christchurch, the largest city on South Island, has a population of around 367,000.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077804/Christchurch-earthquake-1-10-set-leave-New-Zealand-city-good.html

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