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Indonesia's Merapi Volcano Quieter, Threat Remains 


Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi volcano appears a bit calmer Tuesday, but experts warn the threat of a powerful eruption still exists.

The clouds of hot ash, smoke and gases billowing from the volcano's crater are significantly smaller Tuesday than on Monday, but glowing streams of lava can still be seen flowing from the mountaintop.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit the area today.

Thousands of people living on the volcano's slopes have moved to evacuation centers and other safe ground, but many others have chosen to stay and carry on with daily life.

During Mount Merapi's last eruption, in 1994, at least 60 people died. An eruption in 1930 killed 1,300 people.

Mount Merapi is near the center of Indonesia's main island of Java. It is one of more than 125 active volcanoes in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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