Discuss as:

Indonesian villagers flee as Mount Merapi spews ash

Trisnadi / AP

A rescuer stands in a village hit by pyroclastic flows from Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi in Kinahrejo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 27, 2010. The volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people that were hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia.

Rescuers scoured the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Wednesday after it was rocked by an eruption that spewed clouds of searing ash, killing at least 25 villagers including an old man known as the mountain's spiritual gatekeeper.


The blast eased pressure that had been building up behind a lava dome perched on the volcano's crater, but experts said the worst may not be over.

Hundreds are dead after a tsunami and a volcano hit Indonesia. The tsunami, triggered by an undersea earthquake and an erupting volcano, struck in separate regions. ITV's Lewis Vaughan-Jones reports.