<p><strong>An ash-covered moped anchors a Pompeii-like scene near Yogyakarta on the <a id="xgt." title="Indonesian" href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/indonesia-guide/">Indonesian</a> island of Java on Wednesday. Ash and searing gas have killed at least 33 people since Java's Mount Merapi <a id="wu.3" title="volcanoes" href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/volcano-profile/">volcano</a> began erupting early Tuesday, local time, according to news reports. (See an <a id="oii6" title="Indonesia map" href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=0.26367094433665017, 115.0048828125&amp;z=4">Indonesia map</a>.)</strong></p><p>Mount Merapi is considered the most active volcano in Indonesia, according to the <em>Jakarta Post.</em> The peak <a id="f1zv" title="last erupted in 2006" href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/06/060606-merapi.html">last erupted in 2006</a>, when showers of hot debris killed two people. A 1994 eruption caused the volcano's dome to collapse, killing 70, and an eruption in 1930 killed more than 1,300.</p><p>(See <a id="xofu" title="more pictures of the Mount Merapi eruption" href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/photogalleries/101026-indonesia-mount-merapi-volcano-eruption-world-science-pictures-photos/">more pictures of the Mount Merapi eruption</a>.)</p>

Merapi's Modern-Day Pompeii

An ash-covered moped anchors a Pompeii-like scene near Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java on Wednesday. Ash and searing gas have killed at least 33 people since Java's Mount Merapi volcano began erupting early Tuesday, local time, according to news reports. (See an Indonesia map.)

Mount Merapi is considered the most active volcano in Indonesia, according to the Jakarta Post. The peak last erupted in 2006, when showers of hot debris killed two people. A 1994 eruption caused the volcano's dome to collapse, killing 70, and an eruption in 1930 killed more than 1,300.

(See more pictures of the Mount Merapi eruption.)

Photograph by Ulet Ifansasti, Getty Images

Photos: Merapi Volcano Ash Smothers Indonesian Villages

Pompeii-like scenes are proliferating on the Indonesian island of Java, where the Mount Merapi volcano's eruptions have killed dozens.

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