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 user 2005-04-18 at 9:36:00 am Views: 38
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    Scientists Monitor Three Indonesia Volcanoes
    MOUNT TALANG, Indonesia
    (April 05) – Indonesian scientists on Thursday were closely monitoring three
    volcanoes that have rumbled to life, activity they link to December’s monster
    earthquake off the coast of Sumatra Island and the countless other powerful
    temblors that have followed.

    Thousands of people have been evacuated from the slopes of
    Mount Talang in west Sumatra, which erupted Tuesday, showering ash over nearby
    villages and spreading panic among villagers.

    On Thursday, many of the villagers returned home to tend to
    their crops and animals, but were planning to return to makeshift camps and
    public buildings for the night.

    Authorities have declared the other two volcanoes – Anak
    Krakatoa off Sumatra’s southern tip and Tangkuban Perahu in west Java province –
    off limits to hikers, citing a buildup of gas inside the peaks.

    Scientists have been dispatched to all three mountains, but
    there were no signs of imminent eruption, said Syamsul Rizal, a government

    Rizal said he suspected that “the activities at these
    volcanoes were triggered by the Dec. 26 tremor under the Indian Ocean seabed of

    The 9.1 magnitude earthquake in December triggered the
    Indian Ocean tsunami. Three months later, an 8.7 magnitude quake erupted from
    the same fault line, killing more than 600 people on islands off Sumatra’s west

    The mountains are among at least 129 active volcanoes in
    Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation. The country is especially
    prone to seismological activity because it is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”
    - a series of volcanoes and fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere
    through Japan and Southeast Asia.

    Anak Krakatoa is a small volcanic island that appeared in
    the 1930s on the site of the former volcano of Krakatoa, which produced the
    world’s most powerful explosion when it erupted in 1883 and killed an estimated
    36,000 people