Indonesia’s Mount Merapi began erupting with a violent series of spasms that began in late October, 2010, and lasted for a month. The mountain’s largest eruption since the 1870s, it led to the evacuation of more than 350,000 people. Many remained behind or returned to their homes as the eruptions continued, resulting in 353 deaths. The ash plumes from the volcano also caused major disruption to aviation across Java. This false-color satellite image shows evidence of a large gaseous “pyroclastic” flow and is the perfect way to kick off our slide show of disasters photographed from above.
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