The images today from the Mount Merapi eruption remind me of the images from Mount St. Helens here in Washington State in 1980. It's hard to communicate the power of the hot gas clouds without showing the graphic results. That's why there's a "graphic content" warning on the second image of today's slideshow update.
Rescuers carry a body bag as they evacuate victims of a Mount Merapi eruption in the village of Cangkringan, Indonesia, Nov. 5. Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Nov. 4, sending a plume about 6,000 meters high above the mountain.
An Indonesian policeman pats a surviving monkey after the village was sweept by Mount Merapi's 'Wedus Gembel' hot gas clouds, Cangkringan, Indonesia, Nov. 5.