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.