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Schoolchildren among 14 killed by Indonesia volcano eruption

Fourteen people, including four schoolchildren, were killed Saturday after they were engulfed in scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said. Dark, searing clouds rolling down the mountain left apocalyptic scenes of ash-covered bodies scattered by a roadside in Sukameriah village, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from the volcano's crater, an AFP witness who helped with the evacuation said.

School children among 11 killed by Indonesia volcano eruption

Eleven people, including four schoolchildren, were killed Saturday after they were engulfed by scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said. Eight people were found dead in Sukameriah village, near Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra, four or whom were high school students on a sightseeing trip to the volcano, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

Three injured in renewed activity at Indonesia volcano

Three men were treated in intensive care for burn injuries Saturday after being engulfed in scorching clouds from Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra had shown a reduction of activity since mid-January. But it erupted again on Saturday morning, sending hot rocks and ash up to 2,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air, blanketing the surrounding countryside with grey dust, said volcanologist Kristianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Three injured in renewed activity at Indonesia volcano

Three men were treated in intensive care for burn injuries Saturday after being engulfed in scorching clouds from Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra had shown a reduction of activity since mid-January. But it erupted again on Saturday morning, sending hot rocks and ash up to 2,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air, blanketing the surrounding countryside with grey dust, said volcanologist Kristianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Plans formalized for 1,000 yen Mt. Fuji admission fee

Local prefectures on Wednesday officially adopted plans to set a voluntary 1,000 yen admission fee for climbers of Mt. Fuji starting this summer. Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, which the 3,776-meter volcanic mountain straddles, will put the revenue toward maintaining facilities such as first-aid stations and toilets along hiking routes. The fee, which in fact will be voluntary, is aimed at adults climbing further than the fifth station. Payments above 1,000 yen will also be accepted.

More than a dozen forest fires raging in Chile

Santiago, Jan 14 (EFE).- Sixteen forest fires continued to rage across various parts of Chile on Tuesday, but 14 other blazes were brought under control, the National Forestry Corporation, or Conaf, said. Eight of Chile's 15 regions have some areas on fire. Though hardest hit areas are the south-central and southern regions of Bio Bio, Maule and Araucania, Santiago was smothered in smoke from a fire in Cajon del Maipo, 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the capital.

More than a dozen forest fires raging in Chile

Santiago, Jan 14 (EFE).- Sixteen forest fires continued to rage across various parts of Chile on Tuesday, but 14 other blazes were brought under control, the National Forestry Corporation, or Conaf, said. Eight of Chile's 15 regions have some areas on fire. Though hardest hit areas are the south-central and southern regions of Bio Bio, Maule and Araucania, Santiago was smothered in smoke from a fire in Cajon del Maipo, 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the capital.

Indonesian volcano spews fresh lava

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted more than 30 times Tuesday spewing lava and ash clouds over a wide area, officials said, with more than 26,000 people now forced to flee their homes. Sinabung, which lies in the northwest of Indonesia's Sumatra island, sent hot rocks and ash 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) into in the air, spreading hot clouds over a 4.5 kilometres radius, the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation told AFP. Enormous clouds rose from the mountain, as thick layers of grey ash blanketed plantations and nearby houses.

More than 25,000 flee Indonesian volcano

More than 25,000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from a volcano in Indonesia, an official said Sunday. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent hot rocks and ash up to 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) in the air "several times" on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency emergency response director Tri Budiarto told AFP.

Giraffe, flamingo on menu for ancient Romans

Ancient Romans dined on giraffes, pink flamingos and exotic spices from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new scientific study of excavations in Pompeii near Naples in southern Italy. The study of food waste dug up by researchers from the University of Cincinnati in the United States led by archaeologist Steven Ellis found that menus in the city were far richer and more varied than previously thought.
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